Welcome to Team V - Supporting Rebecca (Reyes-Alicea) Vincent
We are motivated to participate in Heat It To Beat It walk on Sunday, September 22nd because it is an important and personal cause. Rebecca was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer in early 2017 and have since survived 3 major surgeries, 2 of which were Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS) with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) and 24 rounds of chemotherapy over the last 2 years. Mercy Medical Center and Dr. Sardi provided Rebecca with the ability to push beyond her diagnosis. Going into the second HIPEC in 2018, we met with several surgeons - this was our second chance to get the cancer out of her body - and we were fortunate to find Dr. Sardi and his team. In addition to being an amazing surgeon, Dr. Sardi is committed to conducting research for this rare cancer, which can often get lost in the shuffle as it relates to overall cancer research. The entire Mercy team made her surgery and recovery a sucess and we are hopeful for what is ahead! Heat It To Beat It is now our opportunity to give back and make a difference for not only her future, but for the future of others affected by this disease and those who can look to this gamechanging surgery (HIPEC) to extend their lives and hopefully one day use as a cure. We are excited to participate in this event now that she has completed what we hope to be her last chemo treatment in June 2019 and to raise awareness of the importance of research for rare diseases.
This is the 10th Annual Heat It To Beat It walk and you can be a part of it by making a donation on our fundraising page! This walk was launched nine years ago to raise awareness and funds for research for a unique surgery and treatment of a rare form of cancer.
The spread of cancer throughout the abdomaen is known as peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC). A treatment called HIPEC is a highly effective, concentrated, heated chemotherapy that is delivered directly to the abdomen immediately after the surgical removal of advanced abdominal cancers. HIPEC is used to treat appendiceal, colon, and gynecologic cancers, as well as peritoneal mesothelioma. The HIPEC treatment helps eliminate any remaining cancer cells following the surgical removal of the disease.
The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy is one the top medical institutions in the United States that offers HIPEC treatment and is dedicating extensive research to increase HIPEC awareness and understanding with the medical community.
“Heat It To Beat It” refers to the heated chemotherapy that is used, which is essential in beating this type of cancer! The walk is a vehicle to raise awareness and the necessary funds to continue advancing medicine through research and promoting this life saving treatment.
We hope you will consider supporting this important cause by joining my team, registering to participate, or by directly making a donation!
Your support is appreciated!
All our best always,
Rebecca & Donovan Vincent
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