Riders for the Cure Zoom to Sam's Jam

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samsjam copy.jpgBy Riders for the Cure officers

Riders for the Cure was founded in 2006 by Samuel Hassenbusch, M.D., Ph.D., and Patrick Browning, J.D., both MD Anderson employees and avid motorcycle riders. It was to give a voice to employee motorcycle riders, but it was quickly realized that more substantial goals could be achieved.

Today, Riders for the Cure membership comprises more than 150 employees from various departments and roles within MD Anderson. Membership is free and also is open to retirees, former employees and non-employee cancer survivors.

We promote community awareness for different types of cancer and we support research and education initiatives. We strive to promote communication and cooperation within the Texas Medical Center, and assist MD Anderson in raising funds for Making Cancer History ®.

In the past five years, Riders for the Cure has raised more than $60,000 for cancer research and for Anderson Network, MD Anderson's patient and caregiver support program.

We host two organized rides per year: The Ride for Life in June and Sam's Jam in October.  Sam's Jam IV will be on Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.,with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per rider, which includes lunch and musical entertainment by Cross Town Renegades and Electric Blues Crew.

Sam's Jam honors the spirit, vitality and commitment to patient care and research held by Hassenbusch. "Dr. Sam," as he was known, was a world-renowned neurosurgeon and researcher who lost his battle with glioblastoma multiforme in 2008. 

The ride will begin at Stubbs Harley-Davidson, 4400 Telephone Rd., in Houston, and will end at West of the Brazos, 23220 Highway 36, in Damon, Texas, where there will be door prizes, food and entertainment.

We invite you to join us for the ride or to donate and support the ride.

Go to for more information, or join us on Riders for the Cure Facebook page.

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