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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.

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. Cartin’s son Hans was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 41.  Team SuperMarrow’s partnership with the Asian American Donor Program gives him the opportunity to give back and play a role in making progress toward a cure for leukemia, other blood cancers and life-threatening diseases and in diversifying the national bone marrow/stem cell registry in the United States.

Nils Elof Thunstrom (Superhero Thor)

Nils Elof Thunstrom is the son of fellow Team SuperMarrow member Robert Cartin, DVM and the brother of fellow TSM member and leukemia survivor and thriver Hans Cartin. We often refer to them as superheroes The Incredibles!

Nils works for the United States Forest Service and has participated in a number of cycling races including Ride the Rockies cycling tours with his father and brother. Two of these Team SuperMarrow family members are patients of Team SuperMarrow Captain A’marrow’ca Lam Do, M.D.

Hans Cartin (Superhero The Punisher)

Hans Cartin is the son of Robert Cartin, DVM and the brother of fellow TSM member Nils Elof Thunstrom.  Hans was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at age 41and after six months of intense chemotherapy was back cycling and is now in remission.  After his remission, Hans was able to train and Ride the Rockies event with his father Robert and brother Nils only seven months after completing chemotherapy!
Hans is now three years in remission and cycling is a huge part of his life, next to his rescue French bulldogs Hammy and Biff.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Chief Michael
(“Mike) Sonstein

Mike Sonstein is a dear friend to the Cartin family, our team pillars. When leukemia affected Team SuperMarrow member Hans Cartin, Mike was deeply touched and promised the Cartin  family that “if you participate in RAAM, then I’ll be there to support you.”  Mike has the maturity and temperament to make sure our team succeeds in the Race Across America (RAAM).  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 and he is committed to helping other cancer patients do the same.

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.

Robert Cartin, DVM

Hans Cartin

Hans Cartin

Nils Elof Thunstrom

Robert Cartin, DVM

Hans Cartin

Hans Cartin

Nils Elof Thunstrom

Robert Cartin, DVM

Hans Cartin

Hans Cartin

Nils Elof Thunstrom

Robert Cartin, DVM

Hans Cartin

Hans Cartin

Nils Elof Thunstrom

Robert Cartin, DVM

Hans Cartin

Hans Cartin

Nils Elof Thunstrom

Robert Cartin, DVM

Hans Cartin

Hans Cartin

Nils Elof Thunstrom

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.