Daughter “Rides It Forward” To Honor Father’s Legacy, Brings New Research Grant To Local Community
The inspiring effort of Amanda Murawski to honor her father’s legacy has resulted in a new blood cancer research grant named after her father, OHC patient Ken Murawski.
The physicians and staff at OHC’s Kenwood office (at the Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health Blood Cancer Center) remember Ken fondly. A beloved patient, he battled leukemia for nine years with tremendous resolve and generosity. A story about Ken that too few people know is that he once befriended another patient and raised $27,505 for cancer research in her name.
Although Ken ultimately passed away in February 2014, his daughter found inspiration and strength from his determination and resolve to never quit. “He persevered more than anyone I’ve ever seen, and he never gave up,” she said.
According to reporter Adam Clements of Cincinnati’s Local12-TV (WKRC), Amanda wanted people to remember her father and bring meaning to his death by helping others with this terrible disease.
To “ride” it forward, Amanda and the rest of Team Murawski took on The Century Ride, a 100-mile bike trek in Lake Tahoe, to raise funds for The Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS), of which Ken was once a board member. Amanda’s team was a spectacular success, raising $180,000 in her father’s name. The money raised was enough to have a blood cancer research grant named after Ken by LLS.
OHC, in partnership with Sarah Cannon Research Institute, is also committed to providing hope for cancer patients through its extensive clinical research program. Cancer care treatment starts with research.
It seems that Ken, through his daughter Amanda, is still finding ways to help his fellow patients. So congratulations, Amanda. Your effort to honor your father by helping others has made your father very proud.