Daryl's Heidelberg Hope
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I have 3 requests of you: 1. please read my page in its entirety-it is an opportunity for you to be involved in something unprecedented in health care/cancer treatments in B.C. 2. please give what you can if this cause resonates with you; and 3. please distribute this email as far and wide as possible to your friends, family and colleagues.
My husband, Brian and I are participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer on August 26/27 this year (as “virtual riders”, i.e. fundraisers) in support of our friend and my law partner, Daryl Clark. Daryl passed away on June 17, 2017 from metatastic prostate cancer. He, his wife Joanna, and their family battled this disease for over 3 years. If anyone could have conquered cancer by the will, the power and the determination of his mind, it was Daryl. He researched, he spoke publicly, he raised funds and more importantly, he raised awareness of this disease and he was just unbelievably inspiring.
We have 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. Together with Daryl and now in his memory, and working in collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency, VGH and UBC, the financial goal of our team is to raise significant funds in support of a $4 million budget toward a clinical trial for what promises to be a ground-breaking treatment in the battle against prostate cancer. As of July 5th, Daryl’s Heidelberg Hope team has raised over $300,000 toward our goal!
Our team’s goal was to bring a potential life-saving treatment to British Columbia that had the potential to save Daryl. Now, it is our goal to fulfil Daryl’s wish to bring this treatment to B.C. to help others with metastatic prostate cancer.
Aptly named Daryl’s Heidelberg Hope, this is a new treatment developed in Germany that has had tremendous results. 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 and Joanna flew to Germany for the treatment about 5 weeks before he died. Daryl had measurably positive results after the treatment. The tumours riddled throughout his body had shrunk. Daryl and Joanna were scheduled to return to Germany on July 10th for a second treatment, but unfortunately that was not to be.
Now, here is the exciting news. Daryl and some of his close friends had a number of meetings with Sarah Roth, CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation and Dr. Francois Benard, head of Research at the BC Cancer Agency. Those two organizations committed to Daryl and his team, with a defined budget, deliverables and a timeline, to bring this treatment to BC.
Because of the vision of Daryl and his team, 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. No administration fees will be paid out of the funds raised. This is an unprecedented commitment. The clinical trial could commence as early as Fall 2017. For those interested, some details of the treatment are set out below at the end of this note.
If you knew Daryl or you wish to participate in this ground-breaking effort, please donate through any of my page, Brian’s page, Daryl's page or Daryl’s Heidelberg Hope team page (see links below) or if you wish to read a very powerful letter from one of Daryl’s friends, click on Eric Carlson’s link below, AND please circulate this e-mail far and wide to your family, friends, clients and colleagues who may wish to support Daryl’s family and his memory and to bring hope to others who are battling metastatic prostate cancer.
Thanks so much for your generous support,
Daryl’s Heidelberg Hope team page:
In layman’s terms (as we understand it), 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.
The following link shows the results of some trials that have been done in Germany that 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.
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