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Our great friend Daryl passed on June 17 in his own bedroom surrounded by those that he loved, his family and friends. Our hearts go out to Joanna and the kids. They brought him more comfort, pride and pleasure than anything else in his life.
Daryl, you were a leader, a mentor and a very good friend and you will be dearly missed every day.
Daryl often quoted Clint Eastwood from the movie Unforgiven: “Deserves got nothing to do with it.” Daryl didn’t deserve cancer, but he got it. On January 3, 2014, Daryl was told he was a Gleason 10. That’s the worst you can have in the prostate business. Many would have given up. Not Daryl. He needed a plan.
In January this year, after his cancer got worse, a group of us sat with Daryl to help him build a plan. So began Daryl’s Heidelberg Hope, now called Daryl’s Heidelberg Legacy, a legacy that will see the delivery here in Vancouver of an emerging treatment for aggressive prostate cancer. We think this treatment is a game-changer.
Daryl went to Germany in May for his first treatment and showed measurably positive results. His doctors confirmed material shrinkage in his tumours. His second treatment, scheduled for July 10th, was expected to have even more dramatic and positive impact on his cancer but unfortunately, former and unsuccessful treatments conspired against Daryl and Joanna.
The treatment is still in early stages in Germany, but has already proved effective: 75% of patients who were given two to four months to live were not only alive six months after receiving the treatment, but their tumours had shrunk and they had lower levels of PSMA in their blood. The treatment is a radiopharmaceutical chemically bound to an antibody that attaches itself to cancer cells wherever they reside – bones, lymph nodes, soft tissue organs, bloodstream – killing them.
We have met with Dr. Francois Benard, head of Research at the BC Cancer Agency, and with Sarah Roth, CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation, a number of times over the past six months. We have their full commitment (this will be a collaboration with BCCA, VGH and UBC), a defined budget (approx. $4.5mm) with deliverables and a timeline. The intent is to start two clinical trials this year.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer will be August 26 and 27th from Vancouver to Seattle, but raising the money is on now.
Daryl knew that the Heidelberg Hope was never just about him. He wanted to be the one to make the change for the benefit of the rest of us who face prostate cancer. Remember, “Deserves got nothing to do with it”.
Please join us in supporting this amazing cause.
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