Posted on 14 January 2012.
Source: Houston Chronicle
Ashley Smith’s began her training to run in a marathon to raise money for a cure for cancer on the one year celebration of her wedding. In her youth she was never considered athletic but she gained motivation in an effort to celebrate the life of her grandfather and her father – both passed away from cancer during her lifetime.
Ashley’s grandfather was diagnosed with cancer at the age of eighty nine and could have just sat down and spent his remaining time trying to be as comfortable as possible. He did not accept this fate and fought it daily during treatments in order to walk his granddaughter down the aisle at her wedding.
Ashley’s father had passed away from pancreatic cancer when she was nine years old and her grandfather made a promise to her to walk her down the aisle.
On the one year anniversary of her wedding, Ashley will race a half marathon to raise money for the Young Texans against Cancer in honor of her father and grandfather. Robert Blaicher spent his time being there for his granddaughters in order to help take the place of her father and he was determined to be there at her wedding.
On the day of her wedding, Blaicher feared that he would not have the strength to be there for her, but he was there with her on that day one year ago – Smith is determined to be there on race day for him and her father.
It is the thoughts of her father and grandfather that motivate her to get out and run for the cause. Smith is stretching her abilities to race in the half marathon but in the memory of her father and grandfather, she is committed to the race on the anniversary of her wedding Ashley wants to honor their memory and race in their name.
Smith’s father suffered in his fight against pancreatic cancer because of extenuating circumstances that prevented him from pursuing traditional therapy. He tried as many alternative therapies as he could to be with his family as long as possible but he lost the fight when Smith was nine years old. It is his fighting spirit and the sacrifices of her grandfather that continues to motivate Ashley as she completes her race.
It is the amazing spirit of Ashley that motivates people that read about her story to get out and push themselves to help others and to provide encouragement to others going through similar circumstances.
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Posted on 19 December 2011.
Clinical Trials for Cancer Vaccination
A cancer patient lies in a hospital bed undergoing therapy for cancer. The latest promise for cancer treatments is in the hands of a doctor that injects the patient with the latest in a new family of treatments that could revolutionize medicine. The new medication is a glycopeptides that could potentially teach the patients antibodies to attack the cancerous tumors in the body and destroy them.
The glycopeptides is the latest advancement that promises to deliver just that level of therapy for the patient and was developed by a researcher at the University of Georgia.
The glycopeptides therapy is currently in animal trials and is expected to change the way that we apply medicine in the future. Revolutionary medicine such as this is the foundation of potential vaccinations for other diseases and could potentially become the next foundation of industry, producing these new and revolutionary vaccines.
The director of the UGA Cancer Center stated that there is an emphasis on taking such discoveries and translating them into marketable products for companies. The UGA has indicated that the next steps for the treatment are to stage clinical trials of the product, but it will take several million dollars and around seven years to get from animal trials to a medicinal compound on the market.
The professor of chemistry at the UGA Complex Carbohydrate Research Center collaborated at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and helped to develop the immunotherapy treatment. The treatment, a tripartite immunotherapy, eliminated the size of the tumors in mice by over 80 percent or more. The compound has attempted for breast cancer but should be an effective treatment method for prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and lung cancer.
The research at the University of Georgia have been made possible because of the state’s cancer research infrastructure, a medical research methodology that evolved with the creation of the Georgia Cancer Coalition in the late 1990s. Previous Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes was emphatic that the people in the State of Georgia should have the ability to receive advanced treatments at home. Several research Universities have been given the ability to do much research in the treatment of cancer. Emory University has driven much of the research and is expected to unveil a promising proton beam treatment for radiation therapy in 2015.
Emory is also managing trials on several cancer drugs. A new vaccine could not only promise help and hope for people that are suffering with cancer, but also promises the potential for jobs for individuals and the potential for increased revenue in the State of Georgia- and it today’s world, helping to conquer cancer and the economic woes of the people is good news indeed.
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