Thursday, January 6, 2011

15 Year Cancerversary!

It is official... today is my 15 Year Cancerversary!

Exactly 15 years ago today, I was confronted with a cancer diagnosis: specifically, acute leukemia (AML). After two induction courses of chemotherapy, interthecal chemo, a bone marrow transplant, and numerous hospitalizations for infections, fevers, and treatment side effects, I earned the title of Cancer Survivor.

However, that didn't mean the battle was over. Rather, it was merely the beginning of a life-long mission to eradicate this disease. Please help me with this incredibly worthwhile cause by donating to one of our nation's top cancer centers. Everyday, the researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute work on finding new treatment options.

Not certain that cancer treatment is actually going to improve? Well just today, I attended an excellent talk by one of Dana-Farber's research physicians who will receive some of his funding from the Dana-Farber Boston Marathon team. In other words, your donations are going directly to some of these studies. So what is he doing? Currently, his laboratory has numerous studies underway that are testing novel cancer drugs that were synthesized in the lab. The best part, they are having amazing success with many different types of cancers and even malaria!

Today is not only a day to fight cancer but also celebrate all of the wonderful things in your life.

Thanks for being a part of my life!

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