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Rafat Abonour
Headline: Miles for myeloma

"Trick or treat" became a trek for treatment this past Halloween for IUPUI oncologist and researcher Rafat Abonour of the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, part of his third annual "Miles for Myeloma" fund-raising effort.

Abonour, the associate dean of clinical research at the IU School of Medicine, launched this year's effort with a 60-mile midnight run from the IUPUI campus to IU's Memorial Stadium on Halloween, then led a bicycling contingent back to the Simon Center to help him in his drive to top the $1 million mark in money raised to combat the incurable but treatable blood cancer. In his first two years, Abonour raised nearly $700,000 for researchers at the cancer center.

A human tunnel greeted the researcher at the football stadium prior to the IU-Central Michigan football game, then again on Sunday when he led a pack of cyclists back onto the campus.