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Meet Dr. Feddock and Hear His Plans to Raise Money

My name is Jonathan Feddock. I am a radiation oncologist at the University of Kentucky and I specialize in the treatment of Breast, Gynecologic, and Pediatric Cancers. In addition to taking care of cancer patients, I'm also a triathlete. I initially created this fundraiser as a means of improving the treatment options we are able to provide at my cancer center by racing in the 2014 Ironman Louisville.

After the race, the total amount raised (once all pledges are collected) should be just over $54,000! This counts the $21,051 in flat donations made through this site plus the additional $33,000 earned by passing 1,977 athletes on race day in Louisville.

The support and donations far exceeded our expectations so I plan to continue on my mission to raise $200,000. There will be more races in the future, and possibly even the opportunity of adding more athletes to race for Ironcology.

Dr. Feddock was a featured athlete at Ironman Louisville

Why Ironcology?

An Ironman triathlon is one of the most grueling physical challenges a human being can put themselves through - voluntarily. It is a race consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run - in the same day, and with no intended breaks. I have completed 6 Ironmans and can attest to their difficulty. It as "a test of attrition, [where athletes are] basically just hanging on for dear life and gutting through to the end of it."

Oncology is the field of medicine focusing on cancer care, and similarly includes 3 major areas: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. I happen to be a radiation oncologist. The treatment of cancer is perhaps one of the most gruelling medical challenges that patients can face - one that no one would willingly volunteer. The concept of "a test of attrition" is very much true for patients undergoing cancer treatments. They are quite literally hanging on for dear life because it is often their very lives that are on the line - and there's no such thing as a finisher's medal just for completing treatment.

As I have generated this website and blog with the intentions of combining my talents as an Ironman athlete and an oncologist to raise money to improve cancer care, the most logical combination to describe my task is Ironcology.

Why the crab?

The first identification of cancer as a disease were from Egypt approximately 3000 BC and included descriptions of breast cancer. It wasn't until approximately 400 BC that Hippocrates formally described a series of cancers as "creeping ulcerations," resembling that of the legs of a crab. He referred to these tumors as carcinos and carcinomas, which are the Greek words for crab. It was later that this was subsequently translated into the Latin word Cancer, which similarly means crab.

Improving Cancer Care at UK

The Markey Cancer Center is the primary cancer center providing services to patients from the Lexington area and also the majority of rural Appalachia. Following the recent changes in healthcare, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of patients required by insurance to receive treatment at state hospitals such as the University of Kentucky. As a result of the increasing demand, the cancer center is trying to prepare for the growing numbers of patients. The purpose of this fundraiser is specifically to improve the radiation therapy options, whereby new equipment and a centralized procedural/recovery area will allow for better cancer care with higher cure rates, less side effects, and improved efficiency. Patients who will benefit include primarily those with breast, prostate, and gynecological cancers, but many other types of cancers will benefit as well. The overall budget for the project is large - 1.2 million. I am trying the down payment (or $200,000). This website is dedicated to the crowdfunding component of my campaign as well as a means of spreading awareness. Please help support Ironcology and improve the cancer care available to patients in the Bluegrass.

Help Support Dr. Feddock and the Markey Cancer Center

100% of money raised will go to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Foundation

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Foundation is a US registered 501 (c)(3) organization, and all donations made will be tax exempt.

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2 Comments

  1. Vaughn Cooper on Reply

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    Dear Jonathan,

    Your mission is terrific and I applaud you. We’re kindred spirits: I’m a research geneticist, a 20x Ironman, and my son is in remission from lymphoma. Ironman did a profile of me prior to Tahoe (from Chemo to Tahoe…) and following its cancellation I was able to go to Chattanooga, which went well. I admire your fundraising hustle and will try to help to draw attention to your site, and wish you all the best in your athletic and charitable goals.

    Sincerely
    Vaughn Cooper
    Dover NH
    M40-44

  2. Buddy Wheeler on Reply

    Hi, I saw your story in my Facebook feed. I’m the owner of Tattoo Charlie’s in Louisville and Lexington. I would love to donate a few gift certificates for your auction or any other events you have scheduled. It’s an amazing thing you are doing and I wish you all the best!

    1. jonathanwp on Reply

      Thanks so much for your interest and willingness to contribute. I will send you a separate email to your address and we can work out how will be best to market and auction of your tattoo gift certificates.

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