I Ride for Daryl's Heidelberg Hope
Support Daryl's Heidelberg Hope and My Ride to Conquer Cancer®
Welcome to my Personal Page! I am participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer this year in support of my colleague and friend, Daryl Clark. Daryl was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer over three years ago and, over the last three years, fought valiantly against this disease, raising awareness and giving hope to so many people who know him or have crossed his path.
At Daryl's invitation, I joined Daryl's Heidelberg Hope, a team started by a core group of Daryl's closest friends - his closest allies in his battle against cancer. With Daryl as our inspiration, and working in collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency, the goal of our team is to raise over 2.5 million dollars in support of a clinical trial for what promises to be a ground-breaking treatment in the battle against prostate cancer.
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, but their tumours had shrunk and they had lower levels of PSMA in their blood. Daryl travelled to Munich this past May and received the first round of this new treatment, with measurably positive results. The doctors post-treatment confirmed the material shrinkage of his tumors (riddled throughout his body), and I myself could see that his condition was improved - e.g. before leaving for Germany, a tumour at the base of his skull was impinging on his optic nerve, causing him to lose sight in one eye, but on his return, his eye sight had nearly returned to normal and his doctor told him his vision would be fully restored.
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. Most encouraging, this treatment kills cancer cells wherever they reside – the bones, lymph nodes, soft tissue organs or simply in the bloodstream. Articles indicate that this treatment has a median durability of 13.7 months.
Unfortunately, complications from earlier treatments and clinical trials conspired against Daryl and he was unable to return to Germany for his second treatment. He passed away at home with his family on June 17th, but not before receiving the Ted Ticknor Award on June 12th for his commitment to raising awareness about prostate cancer in the community and for the incredible bravery he showed in sharing his personal journey.
My journey is far easier - a two-day cycling journey, through the beautiful Pacific region taking place the last weekend of August. I will ride in Daryl's honour and memory. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
And because of the vision of Daryl and his inner circle, your support will go further to bringing this exciting new treatment to cancer patients in BC. The Ride to Conquer Cancer has committed to allocating 100% of the funds raised from Daryl's Heidelberg Hope to directly fund the clinical trial of this exciting new treatment. The clinical trial could commence as early as Fall 2017.
Please contribute to this powerful movement with a donation. All of the funds raised by our team will go directly to Daryl's Heidelberg Hope, a clinical trial that will bring hope to cancer survivors and their families throughout BC and beyond.
Please help us make Daryl's Heidelberg Hope a part of Daryl Clark's lasting legacy.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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