Can you believe that it's been eight years since my surgery? And, I am still cancer free!
On Sunday, September 17, the 8th Annual “Heat It To Beat It” Walk will take place. Although I won't be walking this year, I hope you will join my virtual team as we continue to raise money for research.
I was on the inaugural committee that launched this walk eight years ago to raise awareness and funds for research for a unique surgery and treatment of a rare form of cancer. This was the surgery that saved my life. And, your support is making it possible for more doctors to be aware that this surgery exists and the benefits it offers their patients who have been diagnosed with cancer of the peritoneum.
As you know, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy ( HIPEC) is a highly effective, concentrated, heated chemotherapy that is delivered directly to cancer cells in the abdomen – this cancer is known as peritoneal carcinomatosis ( PC). The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy is one of only a handful of medical institutions in the country that offer this treatment and is dedicating extensive research to the use of HIPEC in the fight against this rare form of cancer of the abdomen and organs within the abdominal cavity as well as treating ovarian cancer.
“Heat It To Beat It” refers to the use of the heated chemotherapy which we’ve all learned is essential in beating this type of cancer! The walk is our vehicle to raise awareness and the necessary funds to continue the research that brings us this life saving treatment.
I hope you will consider supporting me and this important cause by joining my team, registering to participate or making a donation!
Your support is appreciated!
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