On February 8th, I will be turning 26, and despite what I tell myself every time I walk inside a Sephora or how I will feel on Oscar night, I really don't need anything more in my life. Which is why for my birthday, with the help of my amazing friends and family, I would love to fundraise for a very important cause that is also personal to me - the Samuel Rahbar Chair for Diabetes and Drug Discovery at the City of Hope.
My late great uncle, Samuel Rahbar was one of the most amazing men I ever knew. Up until his death in November of 2012, he dedicated his career to researching the causes and treatments of diabetes and cancer. His seminal discovery involving glycated hemoglobin revolutionized the way diabetes is diagnosed and treated, and this continues to improve the lives of millions of diabetic patients throughout the world. His greatest life dream was to find a cure for cancer and it may just be possible that he did in the last several years of his life with his COH-SR4 drug. COH-SR4 has been shown to have great promise as a chemotherapeutic agent for colon, brain, ovarian, breast, prostate, and kidney cancer, as well as leukemia, osteosarcoma (bone cancer), and obesity. After his death, the City of Hope has continued the research on this compound and has made great progress but much more work is left before this promising drug can be clinically used.
Knowing my uncle though, the most impressive trait about him was how humble he was and how much he cared for everyone in our family. I used to jokingly be angered that he knew so much about me because I was worried I was taking up his brain space that should have otherwise been used for more important causes than myself.
My uncle dedicated his life to finding a cure for cancer, and made discoveries that are changing the course of treatment for cancer as we speak. Donating to his fund will enhance his legacy and further research to help prevent life threatening diseases.
Please help and make all my birthday wishes come true by donating today!!!
For more information on Dr. Rahbar's chair please visit: http://www.cityofhope.org/rahbarlegacy