Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Research Appeal

I'm going to get off subject just a little and talk about the CureSearch walk coming up in a little more than a week and what it means to us and every other family of children fighting cancer.  This is something that we believe in whole-heartedly because we know and we see how little funding is available for cancer kid research.  
To put it best, for every cancer research dollar raised in the U.S., less than a penny of it is directed towards children's cancer.
To put the situation in perspective:  I've mention Dr. Jensen a couple of times here on the blog and on Facebook.  He is a children's cancer researcher from Seattle children's.  He is presently trying to get FDA approval on a new cancer treatment, particularly leukemia, that will cure cancer without chemo or radiation!!!!  He isolates the patient's own T-cell from their own blood, reprograms the DNA to attack the cancer cells, and injects it back into the patient.  For 3 days, the kid may have no worse symptoms other than feeling like they have the flu!!!!  And guess what, they are cancer free!!!
How awesome would that be?!?!?!  Not only would this be only for children, but it would also be used in adults!!!  Dr. Jensen says that he's cured mice, but now want's to cure kids.  
It's a long, lengthy, and expensive process to get FDA approval.  Funding is the only thing holding him back.
Feel free to google Dr. Jensen at Seattle children's and watch the video.  It gives you chills seeing how close he is to having a cure!!!
I can only imagine Briley not having to get all of that poison to be cured.  I want nothing more in this world for this treatment to get FDA approval.  
This is only a small sample of things going on in research.  This brings us to the CureSearch walk.  95% of what we raise for the walk will go into research!  I know all of y'all have done so much for us in these past two years, but if you can, please consider giving to this wonderful charity by joining Team Briley.  Remember, you do not have to be at the walk to be on the team.  Simply sign up as a virtual walker!  I will post a link to the team page.  If you need help, feel free to email me
For those of you that have already signed up, THANK YOU!    It means so much to us that you have given to combat this awful disease called cancer!
A little update on Briley - She's doing great and loving school.  She has a oncology appointment tomorrow at Cooks for count check, port flush, and doctor visit.  Please pray for safe travels and that everything remains normal. I will update again and let y'all know how the appointment went.  If you are ready this blog, I just want to say, THANK YOU!   
 Team Briley CureSearch Walk

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