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My time in medical school has flown by, and I cannot believe I am almost done with my first year! I have been working hard, but also trying to maintain a life outside of school with friends, exercise, and fun. On May 30th, I will be joining nearly 60 of my medical school classmates and running the Vermont City Marathon. We will be running to support of the Penelope and Sam Fund for Neuroblastoma Research. This fund supports exciting cancer research taking place right here in Burlington, at the University of Vermont
Neuroblastoma is a devastating childhood cancer which mostly afflicts children under the age of five. The research supported by the Penelope and Sam Fund is showing encouraging results and is gaining recognition around the world. This patient-focused research is in phase two FDA trials and is helping to treat many kids at five sites spread throughout the country.
About 700 kids per year are diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Unfortunately, while the per-patient cost of this new treatment is mere thousands of dollars, large-scale grant funding is rare for pediatric cancers due to their relatively small patient populations when compared to adult cancers. Consequently, continuing research of this sort depends upon private donations.
I am asking you to support my effort and that of the whole marathon team by donating to the Penelope and Sam Fund. I know that times are hard right now, and any sum of money is welcome and will have an effect on the lives of patients and their families. Through being a part of the UVM marathon team I have had the opportunity to listen to the inspiring stories of Dr. Scholler, who is leading the research efforts in this field. In addition, I also heard first hand about the direct impact of this work from Pat Lacey, and his son Will who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!