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Team SuperMarrow Captain A’marrow’ca Lam Do, M.D. is also known as “The Saigon Arrow” because he is so fast and always on target!  He is a very busy Internal Medicine Primary Care Physician and a man on a mission!
Dr. Do came to the United States as a refugee from Vietnam in 1975. He was one of seven children, grew up in the U.S., and received his education here.

Rev. Dr. Tam Pham (Superhero Ironman)

Rev. Dr. Tam Pham is a Catholic priest and a medical doctor specializing in pain medicine in Houston, Texas. He is a seven-time Ironman finisher in Cozumel, Texas, Florida, Maryland and Mont-Tremblant, Canada. He also participated in the 3,000-mile Dash Across America in 2015 to fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
Rev. Dr. Pham will be riding in the Race Across America in June 2019 to pray, honor and support his two brother priests who are both fighting leukemia. Rev. Thanh Vu was diagnosed in October 2018, is currently undergoing chemotherapy and will need bone marrow transplant therapy. Rev. Richard Hinkley was diagnosed one year ago, received a bone marrow transplant and is now in remission.

I also ride to pray for recovery and healing of another friend, Joseph Murphy, who was recently diagnosed w Leukemia.

Please support Rev. Dr. Pham to help save the lives of blood cancer patients and other patients in need of life-saving stem cell/bone marrow transplants. Please register to be a stem cell/bone marrow donor at join.bethematch.org/RAAM. You can potentially save a human life!

Dr. Lux is a urologist for Kaiser Permanente San Diego.  He is an accomplished cyclist who has completed the “Death Ride” (Tour of the California Alps) four times, the RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) about 15 times, and a self-supported trip across Bavaria, Austria, and the Italian Alps two years ago.
Dr. Lux has been contemplating doing the Race Across America (RAAM) for about 9 yrs since joining the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) of Kaiser Permanente.   He is excited to be a part of RAAM 2019 for both personal challenges and to improve awareness about the need for more ethnic minorities to join the Be the Match® registry.

Joseph Brus (Superhero Daredevil)

Joe Brus is an avid cyclist and accomplished mountain climber.  Joe has climbed to the  of the tallest mountain on every continent of the world, including Everest!   He has successfully completed the RAGBRAI — the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa approximately 20 times!  RAGBRAI is a non-competitive bicycle ride organized by The Des Moines Register, which goes across the U.S. state of Iowa from west to east, that draws cyclists from across the United States and many foreign countries.  Joe has been personally touched by blood cancer as his cousin is currently fighting one of the many different types of this life-threatening kind of malignancy.

Dzung Dang (The Hulk, Hero Kheiron)

Dzung Dang is a retired telecommunications engineer, long-distance cyclist and founder of the XeDapViet (XDV) Cycling Club in San Jose, California. He is a ride director of the XDV annual California Triple Crown Double Century, Carmel Valley Double (2016, 2017, 2018), and has ridden the 21-day bicycle tour in 2015 to fundraise for fighting human trafficking in Southeast Asia as well as for XDV in helping underprivileged children in rural Central Vietnam. Dzung’s father had leukemia.

Dang has ridden from Saigon to Hanoi, a 1,200-mile, 14-day bicycle tour fundraising for XDV for educational empowerment programs in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Another trip took place today in February of 2019.

Dzung also completed the Paris-Brest-Paris 1,200k in 2015, long brevets with RUSA, the Texas Stampede 1,000k in 2016, the Gold Rush Randonnée 1,200k in 2017, and the California Central Coast 1,000k in 2018. Dzung also holds the titles of Silver State 508 team relay finisher (2014, 2015, 2016) and is a California Triple Crown Hall of Fame inductee (2017).

Michelle Deisch (Superhero Wonder Woman)

I love to do anything that involves the outdoors. I did not grow up in a home of runners or cyclist but started really enjoying both as an adult. I am extremely family oriented and I have a strong faith in God in everything I do. I have been married to Jeremy Deisch, and we have 16 yr old identical twin boys. I have been able to be a stay at home mom for the last 16 yrs.  Our entire family loves to mountain bike, hike, run, and camp together.  As a family of four, we have biked centuries, done half marathons together, Ragnar relays together, one Spartan, and a Tough Mudder. We also just finished hiking the 7 highest Southern California peaks together. I am goal centered and like to see what my body can do next, and push my own limits. I completed the 107-mile ride with 12,000 ft of climbing called the Breathless Agony, finished the 70.3 Ironman, and recently qualified to run the Boston Marathon. I am determined, I have a lot of perseverance and hope I can be an example to all of those who do their best. I am just an ordinary girl who loves to ride her bike!

Arham Shaikh (Thor- Lord of Thunder)
I work as a Business Development Manager and an Assistant Coach at Multifit.  Despite having a master’s in computer science, I believe we have one life and I’d like to live my dream in this one.

Post Graduate from Indira College, Computer Science (MSc Computer Science). Graduated with BSc Comp Science from Fergusson College.

 

Accomplishments:

  • National Level Cyclist. Endurance Athlete and Performance Coach.
  • Crewed at all ultra-races in India.
  • Crewed for the first Indian to finish RAAM, Lt Col Srinivas, and the first Asian to finish Trans-Siberian Extreme, Dr. Amit Samarth.
  • Ex NCC Naval Cadet.
  • All India Best Cadet (Navy) 2012 (Gold)
  • National Silver medalist in Seamanship (2011)
  • All India Parade Commander (Vizag)
  • A Grade in C Certified
  • Certified Spinning Instructor
  • Won the Deccan Cliffhanger Ultra-Race in 2P team category two years in a row in 2015 & 2016 and in 4P category in 2017
  • Won NEF Enduro3 Adventure Race, 2 days 1-night continuous multi-discipline race
  • National level Rifle Shooter (0.22mm) MHE DTE
  • State Level Kayaker
  • State Level Water Polo player
  • Certified Mountaineer (Indian Army)
  • Certified Sea Diver (Indian Navy)
  • Certified Yachtsman-Dinghy Sailing(Indian Army)
  • Avid Traveler and Explorer

Jim Sander  (Superhero Thing)

I am a 66 year old semi retired computer consultant and investor. I have been road riding for about 20 years, group rides, centuries and Europe. I live in Oceanside and love it. I am a patient of Dr.Do and have ridden with him. Looking forward to the adventure of RAMM.

Pal Supratim: Crew member
A journalist by profession, cyclist by passion. In 2014, Supratim started organizing Brevets in Kolkata, an eastern Indian city and my hometown. Apart from taking part in endurance races, I’ve also crewed for several RAAM-style races, including for Dr Srinivas Gokulnath in 2017, who became the first solo Indian to finish the race.  Supratim’s role in Team Srini was of feeder and navigator apart from that of photographer and blogger to take care of his social media channels. I hope to add values to Team SuperMarrow this summer.

Chief Michael
(“Mike) Sonstein

Mike Sonstein has the maturity and temperament to make sure Team SuperMarrow succeeds. Mike founded and runs an animal rescue nonprofit organization and related thrift store based in Oceanside, California, the starting place for the Race Across America. His wife Myrna is a cancer survivor and thriver. Mike is committed to helping other cancer patients do the same.

Carol Gillespie
Executive Director & Treasurer AADP

Asian American Donor Program

Carol Gillespie’s career with the Asian American Donor Program (AADP) began as one of the first board of directors members back in 1989.   Carol helped develop the outreach and development strategy for the nonprofit AADP organization.  Through Carol’s leadership, the Asian American Donor Program became the first official Recruitment Group for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry, (now Be The Match)  in 1990. In 1992, Carol accepted a full-time position with AADP as its Development Director and then accepted the Executive Director position in 2002.   She is constantly looking for new innovative ways in which to reach the Asian American community in order to educate community members about the need for marrow/adult stem cell donation and the actual donation process to help save lives.

Dr. Srinivas (“Srini”) Gokulnath
International Spokesperson of Team Srini

Aerospace medicine specialist by profession.   –   Ultracyclist by passion.

Srini is a rare combination of a highly ambitious person with a grounded approach to execution. He places faith in himself and beats his odds with discipline, devotion and hard work. His wife, Prafulla Srinivas and his son, Rohan are his rocks and lifeline providing him unconditional love and support to pursue his passion.

“We as a team are really excited and wish Team SuperMarrow to successfully finish RAAM 2019 and create awareness about the national bone marrow/stem cell registry for patients in need of a life-saving transplant”, says Srini       http://www.teamsrini.com/

Finished Successfully Race Across America 2017 in Solo category and is India’s first Solo RAAM finisher. 

  • Became first Indian to finish Race Around Austria (RAA) extreme  in solo category.
  • First winner of Ultra Spice Race Solo 1750 KM 2nd edition.