CAR-T therapies are among the most exciting developments in cancer research in years — one of several approaches that harness the immune system to fight cancer.
Aaron Reid 20, of Lucedale, Miss., has been fighting leukemia since he was 9 years old. He has been through chemotherapy and radiation twice, a bone marrow transplant and two other treatments.
But the leukemia keeps coming back. This time, the cancer is all over his body. He can feel the pain in his bones. CAR-T therapy could be his last hope.
Today Reid will be receiving his “living drug” today. "I think it's amazing that they can find a way to use someone's own ... cells," Reid says. "Take out their own cells, teach it to do something and then put it back in them, and to be able to heal them. I think that's amazing."
The engineered cells are made by extracting T cells — a key part of the immune system -- from each patient's blood and then genetically modifying them in the lab. The T cells that are created carry structures on their surface called chimeric antigen receptors, or CAR for short.
"What we're doing is we are educating [the T cells] to say, 'These things don't belong,' " says Dr. Nirali Shah, a pediatric oncologist at the National Cancer Institute who is running a study Reid is in. " 'You need to get rid of them. Yes, I know that they started in the body. But they're not supposed to be there. You need to attack.' "
To read or listen to the complete NPR story visit http://www.wnpr.org/post/scientists-race-improve-living-drugs-fight-cancer
You are invited to join us on Thursday, June 28th on a culinary cruise through the Greater Hartford area to benefit families battling blood cancers in Connecticut.
Our Driven To Dine! party bus will board at 5:30pm and take us on a unique dining experience beginning at Dish Bar & Grill in Hartford, then we will head to Cugino’s in Farmington and finish off the evening at The North House in Avon.
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Dish - Cocktail Hour with Appetizers
Beef Wellington - beef, pastry, bernaise
Hawaiian Flatbread - pineapple, mozzarella, jalapeno pesto, prosciutto
Shrimp and Corn Blini - corn pancake, lime mousse
Twice Baked Yukon Gold Potato - bacon, sour cream, cheddar, scallion
Deviled Eggs - sriracha, mayonnaise
A drink of your choice at the bar including our Signature Drink - Strawberry Infused Vodka Martini
Cugino’s - Entree
14 oz. Ribeye Steak
Salmon with mango salsa
The North House - Dessert/Coffee
1st Annual Bowl & Brews Event!
On Saturday, March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick's Day) we will be hosting our 1st Annual Bowl & Brews fundraising event!
03/17/2018 at 5:00pm - 03/17/2018 at 8:00pm
Hall of Fame Silver Lanes Bowling
748 Silver Lane
East Hartford, CT
When a family member is stricken with leukemia or another blood-related disease, a bone marrow transplant is sometimes recommended as the best chance for a cure. Usually, family members are tested first to determine if one of them would be a suitable donor.
RBF can help you organize a successful drive through a variety of ways, including:
Fundraising can be hard work, but should be fun, and is a lot easier with many hands! There are many factors that go into planning and implementing a successful fundraising effort and part of the key to fundraising is coming up with ideas for events that people will support. We’re happy to share our fundraising tips and work with you to fundraise on our behalf.
Set your fundraising goals
Talk about why you want to hold a fundraiser, how much money you feel you can realistically raise, and who will benefit from your efforts. If you fundraise for The Rob Branham Foundation, the funds will be used to help families facing leukemia and other blood cancers.
Decide what type of fundraising event you’ll hold. At RBF, we believe that fundraising should be FUN – we’ve compiled a list of suggestions, which we’ve grouped into three main categories, that might get your thoughts in gear!
Whether you sell a product that is commercially-produced or have something designed especially for your group or cause, the successful sale of any product depends, in part, on how many people will do the selling, and how good they are at selling the product. Some products you might consider selling including candy bars, tins of assorted candies, lollipops, flowers, potted plants, wreaths, decorations, coupon books (created with local businesses), wrapping paper, greeting cards, stationary, calendars, collectibles, or anything you may have created especially for your group.
Holding a successful social event is often determined, in large part, by the effectiveness of the publicity of the event (which we will help you do if you fundraise for us!). Some event ideas include dances (1950’s sock hops, big band style music, holiday-themed events), dinners, wine tasting or winery tours, bowling & arcade nights, craft beer tastings, ‘cook-offs’ (such as chile, pasta, cheesecake or other dessert, macaroni & cheese, etc.), ice cream socials, chocolate-lovers feast, pancake breakfast, movie events, or music events (such as Battle of the Bands or Karaoke night).
You don’t have to run marathons to raise money for a good cause! A wide variety of both competitive and non-competitive athletic events are often held to raise money. Some ideas include 5K walks, 5K runs, rollerblading, bike riding, canoe or kayak paddling, team sports such as basketball or baseball, individual sports such as tennis or racquetball, or even intellectual sports such as chess or Scrabble. Also, friendly competition between two community groups is always fun!
With many of our fundraising ideas, we can work with you to use our online fundraising platform to handle event registration and management, peer to peer fundraising and crowdfunding, and communicating with your participants. By working with The Rob Branham Foundation (a registered 501(C)3 public charity), the donations your participants make to your event are tax deductible!
1. Form a fundraising team composed of people who will oversee different aspects of the process, as well as a team captain who will coordinate everything.
2. Create a Task and Timeline chart. Organizing and keeping track of all the tasks that have to be done, and when they have to be done by, can be a lot easier if you chart it all out. Think of all the things that have to be done concerning the event venue, event sponsorships, ticket pricing /registration, activities that will take place during the event, event publicity, day-of-event set up and running the activities, and event follow-up. The more you can clearly identify the tasks and chart them out, the more likely you’ll be to get them all done, and the easier it will be to ask people to help.
3. Identify support you’ll need and who you can ask for help. Does your fundraising team have members who are good at using social media? Will you be looking for sponsorships to help cover costs of putting on the event? If so, what will encourage potential sponsors to help? Do you need a graphic designer? An event photographer? How will you find good support (especially if they’ll volunteer their services)?
4. Celebrate and debrief after your event. We learn so much from the process of planning and holding a fundraising event that it’s a good idea to debrief shortly after it’s over to discuss what worked well and what you might do differently if you hold another fundraising event. Just as importantly, it’s good to celebrate the efforts of all those who contributed!
A type of disease in which the bone marrow makes too many red blood cells, platelets, or certain white blood cells. Myeloproliferative neoplasms usually get worse over time as the number of extra cells build up in the blood and/or bone marrow. This may cause bleeding problems, anemia, infection, fatigue, or other signs and symptoms. Certain myeloproliferative neoplasms may become acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Myeloproliferative neoplasms include chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), polycythemia vera, primary myelofibrosis, essential thrombocythemia, chronic neutrophilic leukemia, and chronic eosinophilic leukemia. Also called chronic myeloproliferative neoplasm. (source: National Cancer Institute)
Myelodisplastic Syndrome involves a group of disorders that are often called preleukemia. It is not generally known what puts someone at higher risk for MDS. Exposure to benzene, radiation and chemotherapy drugs are sometimes associated with MDS.
CML is a type of cancer that starts in the blood forming cells of the bone marrow and invades the blood. Leukemia cells tend to build up over time but many people don’t have symptoms for at least a few years. During that time, the cells can invade other parts of the body, including the spleen. CML can also change into the fast growing acute leukemia. Most cases occur in adults, and it rarely occurs in children.
CLL is one of the most common forms of leukemia in adults. One kind of CLL [early stage low and intermediate risk (described later)] grows very slowly and rarely needs to be treated. People with this type of CLL survive an average of 15 years or more. The other kind of CLL (high risk) grows faster and is more serious. People with this kind of CLL live an average of about 8 years.
AML is one of the most common types of leukemia in adults. The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates are about 13,780 new cases in the US, mostly in adults. About 10,200 deaths will be from AML for the year 2012. The average age of a patient is about 67 and it affects more men than women. Although AML is a relatively rare disease, accounting for about 1.2% of cancer deaths in the US, its incidence is expected to increase as the population ages. AML progresses rapidly and is typically fatal within weeks or months if left untreated.