Sarah Moody Will Ride in DCC for Her Sister
Sarah Moody has supported her younger sister Claire through every stage of her cancer journey. Now, Moody is riding again in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on Sunday, February 20, 2016, to raise funds for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
“I have participated in the DCC for the last three years, cycling the 30-mile route,” says Moody. “It’s a super awesome experience to see the families whose lives have been affected by cancer.”
A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, Moody has also been selling her own photography and other local artists’ works for the Moody Fund for Cancer Research at Sylvester, which was established to help her sister (more information here).
Claire Moody was just 20 years old when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in May 2012. A rare cancer of the bone, osteosarcoma occurs primarily in children and young adults, and only 800 cases a year are diagnosed in the U.S. In June 2012, Claire started treatment at Sylvester with a team led by Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and co-director of the Musculoskeletal Center, Sarcoma Medical Research Program.
“After my sister was diagnosed, I moved from New York to Miami to be closer to her and our parents,” says Moody. “That fall I rode in my first DCC, raising $11,000 for research at Sylvester. She was being treated at the same time, so it was a very poignant experience for me.”
Claire came through her cancer treatment at Sylvester with flying colors. “Dr. Trent saved her life, and we are very grateful for the care provided by the entire Sylvester team,” says Moody. Unfortunately, Claire later suffered a recurrence that required several special surgeries and is now taking part in a clinical trial of a new cancer drug.
“Now, I’m looking forward to my third ride in the DCC,” says Moody, noting that other options for DCC VI at Sun Life Stadium include a 5K walk and run, and participating as a virtual rider. She encourages everyone at the University of Miami to consider taking part in this important event and “DCC with me.” Sarah has more to say about why she rides for her sister here.
To learn more about the DCC, please visit Dolphins Cancer Challenge.