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What are Organoids?

Organoids are tiny 3D poppy seed-sized models created in a lab from a patient’s tumor cells. They mimic the complex genetic characteristics and function of organs. Prior to the advent of organoid technology, researchers relied on cancer cell lines. These lines were useful but are harder to derive and often do not reflect the biology of the disease in the patient. Organoids are a revolutionary tool because they give doctors and researchers an opportunity to test and understand how patients may respond to a treatment. Organoids are a much better solution.

The ability to test responses to multiple cancer treatments at the same time speeds up the process of finding the best drug for that person. This approach to precision medicine can accelerate the discovery of more effective treatment options for people facing a variety of cancers.


Opportunity to Get Your Name in the MSK Lab! 

During December, if you donate to Cycle for Survival AND receive donations from five additional donors your name will be on a poster in the lab where Cycle for Survival funding is powering new discoveries.

Plus, Earn Exclusive Gear!

The 1,000 participants who have the most donors in December will receive exclusive Cycle for Survival socks!


"Having access to personalized laboratory models will allow us to test multiple drugs on the tumor at once – while sparing the patient. Ultimately, organoids will offer a new way of conducting drug screening on a patient sample, leading to more precise therapies."

Dr. Ingo K. Mellinghoff

Acting Co-Chair and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Neurology, Chief of the Brain Tumor Service, and member of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

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Make a tax-deductible gift today! Donations will be matched by MetLife Foundation through December 31. (Up to a total of $500,000!)

*Matching gifts from MetLife Foundation will reflect the amount you raise during the timeframe of the match (December 27 – 31, 2018) or before a total of $500,000 is raised by Cycle for Survival participants — whichever comes first. Checks are eligible based on their postmark date. However, donations from third-party giving (Benevity, company portals, etc.) are not eligible for this match. MetLife Foundation matching gifts will be credited to fundraising pages by January 11, 2019, and recipients will be notified via email. Matching funds cannot be allocated by teams, and apply only to participants of signature events, not Create Your Own Fundraiser or All Extreme Ride.