Who is Riding? Brion & Barbie Murray

Brion is riding for Pfizer and is participating in the 2-day event.

A researcher for Pfizer, Brion has dedicated his career to cancer research, understanding cancer and helping to find treatments. Married for 18 years, Brion’s wife Barbie has seen his career evolve over the years. “I can’t image a person who is more passionate about finding a cure for cancer,” she said.

Brion’s personal and professional lives collided on November 9, 2012, when Barbie was diagnosed with breast cancer. With Barbie’s diagnosis, everything changed for the Murrays and their 11-year-old son. “So many people in my life have been affected by cancer, but this made it much more personal.”

Immediately utilizing his professional network, Brion searched for the best team to help Barbie. The Murrays had been supporters of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center for years, and they soon begin working with doctors there. Added Barbie, “It felt like I was coming home going there.”

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Barbie’s treatment began quickly, and has so far included two major surgeries, four months of intense chemotherapy with five weeks of daily radiation still ahead, as well as participation in a Moores clinical trial. Each treatment came with different side effects, including passing out. “I’ll never forget finding my wife unconscious on the bathroom floor at 3:30 AM and taking her to the UCSD Thornton Hospital emergency room for treatment,” remembered Brion.

“Brion has been so supportive every step of the way,” added Barbie. In turn, Brion is continually inspired by Barbie’s strength. “In spite of everything she’s been through and everything that might happen, she manages to get up every day with a smile.”

In their fight against Barbie’s cancer, the Murrays also wanted to do more. “We are so impressed with the care and service we’ve received from Moores, we wanted to give back.” The family had been regulars at an annual charity event to support Moores, but now that Barbie was a patient there, they wanted to do more.

“When I heard about the Pfizer Pedal the Cause team at work, I knew it was something I wanted to do,” said Brion. Before Barbie’s treatment made it too difficult, the family were avid cyclists. They loved both mountain and road biking, so a cycling fundraiser seems like the perfect combination.

Brion signed up as a two-day rider, and together the Murrays have been reaching out to friends and colleagues. “We are so grateful for the community of support we have received since my treatment started, and now some of the same people who were cooking meals for us are donating to Brion’s ride.”

“Barbie is facing this challenge with such strength and determination. Riding 115 miles is the least I can do,” said Brion. Added Barbie, “I’m very proud of him for taking on this challenge, and I hope to ride in Pedal the Cause next year.”

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