BENEFITING: MAYO CLINIC JACKSONVILLE
EXCITING RESEARCH DEVELOPMENTS FROM JOHN COPLAND, PH.D., AND WINSTON TAN, M.D.:
I am asking for your help in supporting high-quality, focused kidney cancer research by Winston Tan, M.D., and John Copland, Ph.D., at The Mayo Clinic, a major cancer research center. Funding for cancer research is at a critically low point with traditional governmental and private funding resources sharply decimated. Our gifts can facilitate these researchers' groundbreaking work finding biomarkers and treatments to extend not only patients' longevity but also their quality of life. Drs Copland and Tan can only do that if they have sufficient funds. Their research has the potential to save lives and revolutionize the treatment of kidney cancer. All the money flows to Mayo Clinic via their EIN setup by CrowdRise. Drs. Tan and Copland bring passion and expertise to investigating kidney cancer, improving treatment and care for those of us afflicted with it and finding biomarkers for early detection.
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Dr. Tan is doing kidney cancer research to make a difference for patients now and hopefully to eradicate the disease for future generations. His research goals are
- To develop drug therapy in kidney cancer that will improve survival.
- To develop targeted therapies that are less toxic and can improve quality of life of patients.
- To identify novel targets of therapy for kidney cancer to enhance therapeutic efficacy
I was diagnosed with kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma) in 1998, the second of four women in my maternal family. I am one of the lucky ones because my cancer was found early and I am a long-term survivor with no current evidence of disease. Others are not so lucky. After receiving exceptional care and being given back my life and function by the wonderful doctors at Mayo Clinic, I wanted to help others with this disease. I started by running a kidney cancer support group, which I have done for ten years and continue to do. During this time, I have watched helplessly as many of my dear fellow patients succumbed to this awful disease. I also learned how little is known about kidney cancer and how deficit the funding for research is. In 2003, I met John Copland at a kidney cancer meeting and began to follow his research. I soon learned of the frustrations cancer researchers face trying to fund their work, of how many hours that could be spent doing research are instead spent writing grants and searching for funding. Meanwhile, patients are dying. So, as I mentioned above, first, I started a support group to educate patients to the disease, to their role as partner in their care and to the treatment options available to them. Then, I published a book, Incidental Findings: Essays on Renal Cell Carcinoma, to extend that education to people whom I would never meet. I have always given the book at no cost to any one who wants it and, so far, have given away about 8000 copies of the first and second editions. But, that's not enough. Now, I am asking your help in improving and extending the lives of kidney cancer patients through supporting the research being conducted by Drs Copland and Tan at The Mayo Clinic.