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On Sunday, September 17, I will participate in the 8th Annual “Heat It To Beat It” Walk and you can be a part of it by joining my team and/or making a donation on my fundraising page! This walk was launched eight years ago to raise awareness and funds for research for a unique surgery and treatment of a rare form of cancer. This year is my second "Heat It To Beat It" walk!
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 am motivated to participate in this event because I am a survivor. I was diagnosed with appendicial cancer in April 2016. After a 10 hour operation in May 2016 followed by 12 rounds of chemotherapy (which ended in February 2017) I am doing well. Praise God! A shout out to my wife (Carol) and my precious immediate and extended family and friends for their excellent care throughout surgery, chemotherapy and recovery! And I wouldn't be here today were it not for the superb care of my surgical (Dr. Gushchin and team) and medical (Dr. Ledakis and team) oncology teams at Mercy! I love everyone at Mercy Hospital!
I hope you will consider supporting me and this important cause by joining my team, registering to participate and/or making a donation! The event is loads of fun for the whole family and occurs at the Baltimore Zoo. Think food trucks, kid friendly events and free admission to the zoo! But most importantly your presence is a huge encouragement to the survivors; their families and friends; and the entire crew at Mercy Hospital who labor tirelessly to achieve the very best for their patients.
I have set a modest fund-raising goal -- I hope we blow right through it! Your support is appreciated!
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