On Sunday, September 22rd, our Team will participate in the 10th 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 nine 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.
My brother, Robert VERTULLO, was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer on October 24, 2012. I researched this disease extensively and searched for an experienced appendiceal cancer specialist which took us to Mercy Medical Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Robbie was not given good odds for survival but Dr Sardi, after reviewing his scans and test results, offered him some quality years with a major 14 hour surgery called CRS (complete cytoreductive removal of visible tumor) followed with HIPEC. He underwent that surgery on Sept 13, 2013.
His wife, Kim VERTULLO, along with myself and family and friends are motivated to participate in this event because this research team is dear to our hearts as well as it was to Robbie. He had hoped to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this walk but he gained his Angel wings on April 7, 2019 so we will walk in his memory and give back to continue to bring awareness to this cancer. Robbie kicked Cancer's Ass with courage and determination and a true warrior.
“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 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!