This past month, L.I.F.E. was contacted by Alyson P., a young woman from Wisconsin battling colon cancer. Ali was interested in spending some time at Camp Mak-A-Dream in Montana, an 87 acre facility that provides medically-supervised, cost-free Montana experiences, in an intimate community setting, for children, young adults and families affected by cancer. But she couldn't afford the travel expenses to do so. Thanks to donations from our many supporters, we were able to send her! She put together a fun video documenting her trip, and thought we would share it with you! In her words "I met so many wonderful people here, and made so many friends, and just had so much fun over the past 5 days that I don't want it to end, and I don't want my friends to go home. But the cool thing is that now I have friends all over the country, and Canada."
We're so glad you had a wonderful time Ali! You're an amazing person!
The research team at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research has informed us that their paper is nearing publication into the Journal of Clinical Investigation! The study is being led by Associate Professor of Oncology, Dr. Jing Zhang.
In October 2011, Eric and Mike McLean were able to visit with lab director Dr. James Shull and sit in Dr. Zhang's lecture hall through one of her oncology courses prior to making LIFE's first donation towards their research. 2 years later in September 2013, LIFE returned to make an additional donation to help keep it going. Professor Zhang has so kindly wrote the following dedication that will be included in the paper:
"We would like to dedicate this work to Eric McLean, who fought bravely with AML for nine years and passed away in August 2012. The Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser For Eric, a non-profit organization founded by his family, provided initial financial support for this project."
As always, we greatly appreciate your continuous support to our research and we are working hard to expand the mouse work into a more humanized model.