With our continued focus on the early detection of lung cancer, we have been able to expand our research efforts in the following areas:
Developed a secure data base allowing us to register and track vital information from newly diagnosed lung cancer patients.
Continued research support for Thymidine Kinase 1 (TK1) which included a presentation “Thymidine Kinase 1 Staining Aids in Lung Cancer Prognosis” at the 2011 American Association for Cancer Research Conference in Orlando, Florida. As part of this study, a variety of lung tumors were stained showing TK1 expression in the early stages of lung cancer with an increase in the TK1 expression as the cancer became more advanced.
Expanded our funding to include Dr. Celine Mascaux, a highly qualified lung cancer researcher who is currently working under the direction of Dr. Fred Hirsch, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Working in the Hirsch lab, Dr. Mascaux has been able to further test TK1 as a possible early detection biomarker and also continue independent research on other forms of early detection biomarkers for lung cancer.
On April 29, 2004 our lives were to be forever changed … Gary was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. Having never smoked, the diagnosis came with shock and disbelief. But the biopsy and CT scan revealed a deadly disease that had gone undetected in its early stage and now left very little hope of a cure.
Determined to beat tremendous odds, Gary did everything he could to preserve his life for his family. This included standard cancer treatments as well as a rarely done double lung transplant. However, despite his heroic efforts, Gary succumbed to lung cancer September 9, 2007.
Lung cancer is a silent killer that takes life one breath at a time. Because symptoms usually do not occur until late stages, it is difficult to treat and cure. For this reason, there is a great need for an early detection screening.
Gary’s journey with lung cancer began long before he was even aware of its presence … long before chemotherapy, radiation and a double lung transplant. It was his greatest hope to give others the advantage of early detection, the best chances for treatment and above all … the gift of life and breath.