** KEEPING HOPE ALIVE **
Team Release The Kraken will be back on the water, paddling against cancer on May 4th at the Upstate Dragon Boat Festival. We have a hefty goal … but we aim to be the team to beat!! Please consider a donation to help us reach our goal.
My personal goal is $5,000!
Our team goal is $25,000!!!
The event goal is $350,000!!!!
Cancer – the word none of us want to hear, and yet it seems like it’s all around. It’s unfortunate that year, after year, when I send this email – asking for your support – I have a sad story to tell. This year, I have a new focus ... Prevention & Awareness! Although I will always be passionate about providing the best possible care for all those affected, I want to get ahead of this thing! And I’m excited that Dragon Boat dollars are in line with my new focus as well as a continued support for on all aspects of fighting the disease.
On a personal note, we had a scare last Fall with our Dad. It will forever be referred to as a “serendipitous” event! While examining him for an unrelated issue, a CT Scan revealed a tumor on his lung. It was a blessing –it was caught EARLY .. STAGE 1!! The GHS team quickly had him on a non-surgical treatment plan of 5 SBRT radiation treatments (over 9 days), with minimal side effects. We are now waiting the 12 weeks prior to rescan, but have FULL confidence he has beat it! And why … AWARENESS! Through this, I have learned that everyone 55-77 with a 30 yr smoking history should be screened - even if you have no symptoms!! The treatment options for early onset findings are SO POSITIVE!
So .. this year, I am asking you to join me in the fight with a focus on Prevention & Awareness! Please consider a donation today! Below are a list of programs that will benefit from your generosity! All of which help us *KEEP HOPE ALIVE*!
DRAGON BOAT - DOLLARS AT WORK in 2019 ...
A couple of notes .. #1: I LOVE the fact that the mobile mammography will include the 3D option! #2 – I am personally involved in the CCPW program, I realize this seems like ‘oh, more research’ .. but its leading the way towards PREVENTION!
Prevention & Early Detection:
Mobile Mammography Initiative – Our Prisma Health Mobile Mammography Initiative will provide proactive healthcare to various populations and will decrease barriers in access to preventive care as a part of a larger population health management strategy, improving the health of the communities we serve. The Prisma Health unit would be the first 3D mammography mobile unit in the Upstate and will screen 3,000 to 4,000 patients annually. As part of the Prisma Health Business Health program, over 20+ corporations and their employees would benefit from increased access and mammography scheduling.
Center for Cancer Prevention and Wellness (CCPW) – CCPW is a new Prisma Health Cancer Institute prevention and research initiative designed to:
> Recommend evidence-based cancer prevention lifestyle changes to participants
> Use screening results to guide participants into appropriate programs based on their risk level
> Utilize Cancer Institute surveillance and prevention programs
> Establish a CCPW registry to provide longitudinal navigation, track outcomes, promote bio-banking and synergize allied health science center-based research
Advanced cancer research and patient programs:
Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) - Funds to this area support clinical research and trials at all levels. Tissue has been banked for hundreds of patients across the country through the Prisma Health tissue bank. Among the items funded by Dragon Boat is the MoFlo, a machine that allows researchers to sort cancer cells in a way that keeps them viable for additional research instead of having to get more tissue from the patient. This also helps in individual drug therapy research, allowing doctors to evaluate several medication protocols on live tumors. Saving valuable time by testing standard and non-standard protocols, doctors are better able to predict which drug therapy will have the greatest impact on the individual cancer being treated.
McCrary Blood & Marrow Transplant Unit (BMT) - Funds to this area continue to help with patient and family housing during transplant and screenings not covered by insurance. Dragon Boat funds help to support this unit and among other things have helped create a wellness suite in the unit, bigger rooms and TVs in the rooms, creating a more comfortable environment for both the patient and their loved ones during the long stay needed for a transplant.
Patient & Survivor Programs:
Center for Integrative Oncology & Survivorship (CIOS) – CIOS supports a comprehensive oncology rehabilitation program focused on helping a person with cancer regain maximum physical, social, psychological and vocational functioning with the limits imposed by the disease and its treatment. Music therapy and oncology rehab have been made possible because of Dragon Boat funds. In addition, hundreds of patients have had body composition scans as part of the “Moving On” Program for pre and post analysis within the 12-week program. CIOS has also rolled out a Nutrition program for hundreds of patients and offers monthly survivorship programs, such as Walking Club, Art, Music and Yoga. Recently a brand new “Sexual Health” program was added to the CIOS umbrella. All these programs, aimed at improving the lives of cancer patients, are made possible because of funds raised through Dragon Boat.
South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation – Dragon Boat continues to support patient and survivor services at the local and state level through the work of our organizing partner South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to improve the health of women through education on the warning signs of ovarian cancer, support those diagnosed with the disease, and promote ovarian cancer research.
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