What an amazing week this has been! In only 7 days, 26 incredible friends and family members donated a combined $2,000, putting the grand total over $5000!
Exactly $1000 was donated since my last post through the beneficence of people all over the country. A Penn Stater, a native PA skier relocated to Seattle (we miss you in Boston), a genuine Buffalonian, a Yellowstone fish breeder, and the classiest NYer I know, all showed their support for this amazing cause. I’d like to give a special thank you to my MIL and FIL for making an incredibly munificent donation in addition to their tireless efforts to help the fundraising mission. Many, many thanks to everyone who has contributed to my cancer-fighting, fundraising efforts! You are truly inspiring!
As promised, here is another example of the amazing steps that are being made through your generosity!
Use of Vaccines to Control Cancer
An important area of cancer research asks why humans don’t reject tumors in their own bodies. Funded by the Barr Program, Glenn Dranoff, MD, discovered complex regulatory pathways in the human immune system that cancers exploit in order to escape destruction. Reversal of these effects can lead to the development of vaccines against cancer, a recent example of which is Provenge for prostate cancer. This Barr research has also enabled the development of multiple other vaccines and immune modulators for melanoma, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer that are now in advanced clinical trials across the world. If these trials are successful, an exciting and entirely new option for treating certain types of cancer will become available.