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Thursday, August 11, 2005

making a difference

The following is excerpted from one of our Coaches newsletters, with a few edits:

The exciting new treatments being developed for blood cancers are a perfect example of just how our fundraising efforts are helping others. Back in 1865 the first effective use of chemotherapy to treat a malignant disease was recorded. It was used to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). The success of this treatment spawned the use of chemotherapy for all types of cancers, not just blood cancers. As we know, the use of chemotherapy as treatment for cancer patients continues today.

Research, development and advances that help fight blood cancers directly benefits the fight against ALL forms of cancer - including breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, etc. Three years ago hematological cancer research was a dreaded, declining field. But now with new developments and increased funding (thanks in part to your generosity) hematological research is one of the most HOPEFUL and EXCITING research areas.

· More graduate students are choosing Hematology Oncology - more thinking power!
· More legislation is being drafted - allowing for more awareness about the need for research funding.
· And stem cell research is making discoveries, once considered sci-fi film material, that will now drive controlling cancerous & non-cancerous cell replication.
This is fantastic news. And through our involvement with Team in Training while fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we are helping to make this happen. As we continue our training and fundraising through the generous contributions made by you (our sponsors), we are proud of the tremendous difference we are making in our community and in the lives of so many who battle cancer.

2 Comments:

  • At 1:53 AM, Anonymous Keith said…

    Wait a second, did I read that right? Chemotherapy was around from the days of the Civil War?

     
  • At 4:24 PM, Blogger step for life said…

    Thanks for your comments Keith, yes, arsenic was considered chemotherapy when first successfully administered in 1865. Read more...

     

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