By sequencing urachal tumour DNA, researchers will be able to search for commonalities among urachal tumours and other cancer tumours, eventually enabling more targeted therapies for patients. Tumours from Quebec hospitals will be accepted for sequencing, with Canadian hospitals to follow in the fall.
He began reaching out to friends and family for donations, hoping to raise $3,500. Within a few weeks, he had raised more than $20,000 and a group of friends asked to join him in the ride as a team. The group, dubbed Bikus Urachus, has now raised $80,000.
But as fate would have it, Anzarut’s plans were derailed in February of that year when, after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst on his bladder, he was told he had cancer of the urachus, a small tube that runs behind the belly button that normally shrivels away after birth. Anzarut’s reaction to the diagnosis was not that uncommon.
After an unexpected two-year delay, an even more unexpected cancer diagnosis, and an entirely unexpected avalanche of donations, Phil Anzarut is finally ready to pedal across Quebec in July in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.