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Today’s show focused on Cancer awareness and research. I welcomed in studio. Nancy Crane, Executive Director of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation alongside Dr. Damon Reed. Dr. Reed specializes in Oncology and Hematology and leads the Sunshine Project, a research initiative that runs in conjunction with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and is responsible for a number of clinical research trials through a network of Oncologists that participate.
The show opened with a discussion of the mission and background of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Headquartered in Tampa, their focus is to find less toxic, more targeted therapies by partnering with leading hospitals nationwide. Through many annual fund-raising events and community outreach, Nancy has helped lead this organization to a top 10 ranking amongst charities in the Country per Charity Navigator and The Foundation was the recipient of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Non-Profit of the Year Award in the Health and Human Services category. Upcoming events include Brinner of Hope on September 24th, 2015 being held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown which will feature a cocktail hour followed by buffet and entertainment. Also, the 4th annual Cheval Cares 5K Family Fun Run is coming up on September 20th. These are just a couple of the many events sponsored by the Foundation and Nancy encourages people in the community to get involved as a volunteer if they are interested in addition to donating financial resources. These events and many more can be found at http://www.fastercure.org!
Dr. Reed adds a lot of great information on the clinical trials of which he leads and speaks of some promising treatments/drugs on this show as well. The Foundation has its own research lab at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Dr. Reed speaks of that along with a discussion of some of the upcoming trials he is excited about and what to expect from them as well as what is going on in their current trials. Dr. Reed also spoke of the Total Cancer Cure trail which focuses on tissue and blood collection to further personalized medicine for children with cancer. As part of this program, doctors can store and study a patient’s tumor to potentially identify an Achilles heel, which may lead to a type of therapy specific to that child. Studies may lead to a better understanding of what changes cause specific cancers and this trial has proven successful with adult cancer patients, but this is the first time pediatric banking has made available in Florida.
Both Nancy and Dr. Reed encourage you to get involved and help support the Foundation – in addition to volunteering time and financial resources, please help support the Foundation on Social Media on Twitter @pediatriccancer as well as Instagram under the same name, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fastercure and learn more at http://www.fastercure.org!