|Dr. Fabien Bitan plans to ride cross-country on his motorcycle in honor of children and families battling pediatric cancer and complex blood disorders
In October 2017, Fabien Bitan, MD, will 'hit the road’ on a cross country motorcycle ride to raise funds and awareness for children battling pediatric cancer and complex blood disorders at NYU Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK). Dr. Bitan, a spinal surgeon and longtime motorcycle enthusiast, will travel from New York to California along US Route 50, joined by two co-riders, Marlene Joy Hill and Pete Doody.
Dr. Bitan became a supporter of the CCFK several years ago, after learning of the successful treatment of a friend’s grandson by the clinical team at the Cancer Center for Kids, led by Drs. Mark Weinblatt and Philip Scimeca. Inspired by the Center's mission and approach to care, Dr. Bitan decided to expand his philanthropic impact on the Center by creating a foundation and giving greater meaning to his yearly motorcycle trips.
"I annually embark on a long distance motorcycle ride, which is a leisure activity that I greatly enjoy. To give more meaning and inspiration to my cross-country travels this year, I am aiming to raise awareness and funds for the CCFK in support of its clinical research efforts and support services for its young patients and families," said Dr. Bitan.
Dr. Bitan has cast a wide net of support for the CCFK, and to date, he has raised over $12,000 through friends and personal contacts. Bitan hopes to reach a goal of $50,000 by inviting corporate and foundation support into this meaningful journey.
"Dr. Bitan has done a remarkable job raising funds and awareness for the Center, even before embarking on this extraordinary journey," remarked Mark Weinblatt, MD, Director of the CCFK and Chief of NYU Winthrop's Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. "He is really 'going the distance' for our children."