MORE PROGRESS ON LLS-SUPPORTED CAR T-CELL IMMUNOTHERAPY
This is amazing news!! Thank you to everyone who has donated to this cause! This is exactly why we are doing what we are doing. Your donations are making a difference!
"The latest (FDA) approval of a game-changing personalized cancer therapy on Tuesday (May 1, 2018) is further proof of the promise of immunotherapy, an approach that The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) supported early on and which holds great promise for blood cancer patients, as well as for patients with other types of cancers.
The rapidly emerging immunotherapy approach, known as CAR (chimeric antigen receptor) T-cell immunotherapy, uses genetic engineering to reprogram the patient’s own immune T cells to find and kill cancer cells. These engineered T cells persist in the patient’s blood stream, continuing on as a living drug.
“Immunotherapy is dramatically changing the way we approach blood cancer treatment,” said Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS president and chief executive officer. “These approvals are a testament to the fact that breakthroughs in blood cancer research are saving lives. CAR-T is already being tested in gliobastoma, pancreatic and ovarian cancer, and while challenges remain, we expect to see progress on these other cancers in the near future.”
This is Molly. She is a hilarious, spunky, kind-hearted 10 year old.
Three years ago, out of the blue, Molly’s foot started to hurt. We took her to the hospital for x-rays because we thought she had broken a bone, like most parents of an active 7 year old would think. After a week of examinations and tests, we heard the words no family ever wants to hear: “Your daughter has cancer.” The pain in Molly’s bones was caused by Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She immediately began an intense, high-dose chemotherapy treatment that will last two and a half years in total.
Throughout Molly’s treatment, we’ve gone through many ups and downs as a family. At every stage, both Molly and her 11-year-old sister, Kellie, have stayed positive, strong and resilient. Molly is now in her final phase of treatment. Her hair has grown back. She’s back in school and loving it. She joined a swimming team and loves music, dancing, YouTube videos, and playing with her friends.
Molly, Kellie and their parents James and Kate are grateful for all the kindness we have experienced firsthand. We’ve had unwavering support from our family and friends. We found support through our community and schools. We have gotten to know people going through the same experiences and worries. We’ve also received support from complete strangers, small foundations helping with everyday needs, and large organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on a mission to cure cancer. We know we would not be in the same place we are today without every one of them.
Our family has experienced kindness in a way we never could have imagined. Thank you for your support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Welcome to My Leukemia Cup Regatta Fundraising Page!
Please help me support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Leukemia Cup Regatta by donating towards my fundraising efforts today. You can help bring us closer to living in a world without cancers!
Your donation will help fund research that saves lives every day, including children like Rylie. At just 7 years old, Rylie was diagnosed with leukemia. After multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, hair loss and hospital stays, she is now in remission and an active fifth grader who loves soccer, piano, and arts and crafts. Watch a video about Rylie.
Patients need these treatments and they need your support. Please make a donation in support of my efforts and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers. Come back to my web site frequently to see my progress and encourage others to help!
Thank you! Your support of the Leukemia Cup Regatta will save lives not someday, but today.