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On Sunday, September 22, I will participate in the 10th Annual “Heat It To Beat It” walk! 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 abdomen is known as peritoneal carcinomatosis ( PC). A treatment called Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (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 appendix, 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 we use, which is essential in beating this type of cancer! The walk is our vehicle to raise awareness and the necessary funds to continue advancing medicine through research and promoting this life saving treatment.
I am motivated to participate in this event because we need to find a CURE! I was first diagnosed in October of 2014 with Appendix Cancer and had HIPEC surgery in November of 2014. Unfortunately, I had a reoccurrence in October of 2018 and had a second HIPEC surgery in November of 2018. I have been blessed to have found Dr. Sardi and his team in Baltimore! Dr. Sardi's committment to doing research and to help others amazes me. If you are able to join me on September 22nd you will have the opportunity to meet him and will be able to understand why we need to continue doing research to be able to save lives!
I 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!
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