Heat It To Beat It 2017

The Semicolons

On Sunday, September 17, our Team will participate in the 8th Annual “Heat It To Beat It” Walk and you can be a part of it by making a donation on the Team 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. 

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. We call ourselves "The Semicolons" because our team captain, Nichole Lau, not only went through HIPEC but lost a few feet of her colon during cytoreduction. We also call ourselves "The Semicolons" as we, Nichole and Matthew, are also warriors of the English language battling against the pervasive misuse of this puncuation mark. Nichole is an English teacher and Matthew, formerly an editor, is now an author (https://moon.com/books/moon-washington/).


We hope you will consider supporting us and this important cause by joining the team, registering to participate or making a donation!


Your support is appreciated!

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