Daryl's Heidelberg Hope - please support our efforts to bring a treatment here to help Daryl
For those who are not aware, I am a close friend of Daryl Clark's – a special and beautiful individual who is in the middle of the fight of his life.
My goal and our team’s goal is to get Daryl a lifeline as quickly as possible! We’ve put together the Dirty Dozen (has already grown to 25 at the point of this writing!), and it will be our responsibility to marshal more recruits for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and funding to bring a potential life-saving treatment to British Columbia that has the potential to save Daryl, as well as others with metastatic prostate cancer. The Dirty Dozen is that group of Daryl’s very closest friends who are prepared to unequivocally and unconditionally support him in the most effective manner possible – and that is to tap into our own individual collection of great friends and family to raise the money to fund this initiative. Our goal is to raise over a half a million dollars towards a $4mm budget ($1mm has already been raised!)
Aptly named, Daryl’s Heidelberg Hope, this is a new treatment developed in Germany that has had tremendous efficacy rates, and we want to bring it to BC. 75% of patients who were given two to four months to live were not only alive six months after receiving the treatment, their tumours had shrunk and they had lower levels of PSMA in their blood. In layman’s terms the treatment is a radiopharmaceutical that is injected by IV. The IV is loaded with a radioactive element (Lutetium) that has been chemically bound to a certain antibody. This combination, upon injection, circulates throughout the body attaching itself to cancer cells and killing them. The really great thing is that this treatment kills cancer cells wherever they reside – the bones, lymph nodes, soft tissue organs or simply in the bloodstream. Daryl suffers from three of these four indications and has been told (repeatedly) that his situation will get worse. This link shows the results of three trials that have been done in Germany and they look to be very positive. You can even click on images of changes to one of the patient’s lymph metastasis after one then two injections and another shows changes to a patient’s bone metastasis after one then two injections of this new radiopharmaceutical treatment.
Other articles indicate that this treatment has a median durability of 13.7 months.
We have met with Sarah Roth, CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation and Dr. Francois Benard, head of Research at the BC Cancer Agency many times. We have their full commitment (this will be a collaboration with BCCA, VGH and UBC), a defined budget with deliverables and a timeline. The intent is to start two clinical trials in the Fall.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer will be August 26 and 27th from Vancouver to Seattle, but the race begins today! Thanks very much for your support!
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