Thank you for helping support Daryl's Heidelberg Hope!
Our team’s goal is to get our close friend Daryl Clark a lifeline as quickly as possible! It is our responsibility to continue to marshal more recruits for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and both individually and as a team to fund raise to bring a potential life-saving treatment to British Columbia that can save Daryl, as well as others with metastatic prostate cancer.
The Dirty Dozen as we originally called ourselves 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 ride with us and to raise the money to fund this initiative. Our goal is to raise over 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, but 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. Perhaps most encouraging, 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.
Articles indicate that this treatment has a median durability of 13.7 months. We can provide articles and appropriate links for those interested in learning more.
We have met with Sarah Roth, CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation and Dr. Francois Benard, head of Research at the BC Cancer Agency a number of times over the past three months. 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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