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Welcome to the Bikus Urachus team page. Over the last 6 years, the Bikus Urachus family has led the charge in bringing attention to rare cancers, focusing on urachal cancer, and we have raised over $972,000 through the Ride. We have been the #1 community team since inception because we are entirely focused on this cause. Some of us are cancer survivors, while others have been indirectly affected, but we are all united in our goal to fund research that finds better treatments for this horrible disease.
Bikus Urachus emerged from cancer of the urachus. The urachus is a tube that sits behind the belly button. It is supposed to shrivel away after birth, but in very rare cases can become diseased. This is what happened to our team captain. Urachal cancer accounts for 0.2% of all bladder cancers.
In 2014, we launched a dedicated rare cancer research fund called the Urachal cancer Research Fund. In 2015, we launched the PanCanadian Urachal Cancer Study - or PUCS, the world’s first urachal tumour DNA sequencing project. Funded through our fund, PUCS will allow researchers to find commonalities among urachal tumours and other cancer tumours for which data is available, eventually enabling more targeted therapies for patients.
In 2018, we supported the JGH by purchasing a much needed next generation DNA Sequencing machine for the molecular pathology lab. This machine enables the Segal Cancer Centre to remain at the forefront of cancer research at the molecular level and pursue rare cancer research by focusing on the DNA of these difficult cancers.
To make a donation directly to the Urachal Cancer Research Fund, click here (or copy and paste the link in your browser): https://jghfoundation.org/en/donations/products?id=440
Our hope is to fund more studies focused on rare cancers.
To find out more about our initiatives and the Bikus Urachus team, go to www.UrachalCancer.com.
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Thank you in advance for your support.