Amanda Fanoun wrote -
We recently lost my Dad to a very aggressive form of Classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma. When he was diagnosed in July 2013 it was stage I, a year later it was stage IV and growing aggressively. He decided to fight as hard as he could to beat it. Despite receiving the strongest form of chemotherapy plus radiation and a stem-cell transplant, his cancer metastesized to his liver around Christmas of 2014. He lost his battle at the end of January, a week before receiving a new clinical trial drug that showed the promise of slowing the growth of advanced stage Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
I signed up to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon in honor of my Dad and his fight against cancer and to benefit a program that was created in his name by ICAN (International Cancer Advocacy Network). I know he's in a better place not struggling with this awful disease - and I know he'll be rooting me on as I train during these months and cross the fnish line on May 16th. I ask that you all root me on and support this AMAZING organization that serves as a resource and advocacy network for patients and families fighting against all forms of cancer.
The Louis Fanoun Hodgkin's Lymphoma Program at the International Cancer Advocacy Network, ICAN, connects Hodgkin Lymphoma patients to promising clinical trials and novel therapeutics based on their molecular profiling. The Fanoun Program is ICAN's most recent memorial program, named in honor and in beloved memory of Louis Fanoun, my father. Lou was in ICAN's terms "the quintessential proactive Hodgkin's Lymphoma patient, accessing the latest in therapies and clinical trials, who serves as a role model for other patients facing this challenging diagnosis.
ICAN is a (c)(3) tax-exempt charity, and all donations are tax-deductible. Over 94 percent of all revenues are earmarked for ICAN's Personalized Medicine Cancer Case Navigation Programs, and 100 percent of your donations will be earmarked to the Louis Fanoun Hodgkin's Lymphoma Program serving patients across the United States and in 53 countries.