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A worth while cause.

March 2, 2009 - Michael Palmer
We all have been involved with cancer in some respect during our lives. Recently my mother was diagnosed with cancer; I had an Aunt that died from stomach cancer and a friend that is a breast cancer survivor.

I attended the kickoff luncheon for the Grand Illusions sauté to benefit cancer research and to raise cancer awareness recently. Sitting with Betty Pokas and Nancy Mumley, you get a feel for the devastating effects that cancer can have, both our personal lives and on our local communities. Their husbands, Cal Pokas and Sam Mumley, both were victims of cancer. Both men were such a part of sports in the Ohio Valley that to this day no one can talk very long about the OVAC without mentioning their names.

The guest speaker was Monica Burdick, Ph.D. A small youthful woman who is researching "Identification of E-selection Ligends on Breast Cancer Cells." She is an assistant professor in chemical and bimolecular engineering at Ohio University and explained to the non-scientists in attendance that she is trying to decipher how cancer travels from tumors through the bloodstream into other organs. Not wishing to feel any dumber, I did not ask her to explain further.

Let’s face it; although cancer treatments have come a long way, they are still rather medieval. We either cut tumors out or try to cure them with radiation or poisons in doses that kill the cancer while not quite killing the patient, just making them extremely ill.

If we are not intelligent enough to become scientists, then I guess we can do our part by helping fund this groundbreaking research. Donating to the cancer organizations, participating in walks and runs for the cure, and of course fund raising dinners.

The Ohio Cancer Research Associates find and help fund the best researchers in Ohio. They will be raising funds this year with the sauté on April 3 at 6 p.m. in the St. Clairsville Undo's. Individual tickets to the sauté are $125 each, and patron tickets cost $200 each (includes a program listing), and tables of varying sizes are available for reservations. For more information, call Ohio Cancer Research Associates, 1-800-232-6272. It sounds like it is a fun evening and certainly a worth while cause.

 
 

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