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.
Mary, I received the check in the mail today. THANK YOU so very much for your kindness! It is going to help me immensely!! <3
My story goes a little something like this:
On August 18th 2010, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I started seeing a local Oncologist who began a chemotherapy regiment. After eight months, my scan came back clear and I was taken off the chemo. A few months later the cancer came back and they started me on another type of chemo. This also helped for awhile, but then the cancer came back. At this point my local doctor referred me to a bone marrow transplant specialist at the Mayo Clinic.
I was in my third semester of school and wanted to graduate with my class, so I asked to postpone the transplant until after I graduated. December 2011, I not only walked across the stage with my class to receive my degree with honors, but was also the commencement speaker and graduated as the "Outstanding Student" for my program.
After graduation it was time for an autogenic transplant. The transplant seemed to be successful for awhile, and then again my scan came back with uptake. At this point, they tried another chemo treatment, and again, it only worked for awhile before the stubborn cancer came back.
Currently, I am on my second clinical trial, and as always, it seems to work for awhile and then the cancer comes back. There is talk of an allogeneic transplant in my near future, so we will take it as it comes. As for now, I focus on life day by day and try to enjoy every one to the fullest!
Thank you so much to the McLean Family for your compassion and generosity! You have made my journey easier, and filled it with more hope and smiles!