I just left the Ottawa Cancer Centre with fantastic news! Since starting Xalkori on July 15th, my tumour in my lung has shrunk about 50% and the others have had marked shrinkage as well!!!
I am completely over the moon and immensely grateful that this wonder drug is working. After shedding a few tears of joy and reviewing all of the images, Dr. Laurie decided to keep me on these pills for another 2 months and we will once again reevaluate at that point. The fact that these pills are so effective at shrinking the tumours opens up many different treatment possibilities and I couldn’t be more grateful and optimistic that I will one day be NED (no evidence of disease).
I have been asked to speak at An Evening of Hope fundraiser in support of Lung Cancer Canada. This is the 3rd annual event held in Ottawa at the Horticulture Building in Landsdowne Park. This year’s event will be held on November 19th from 6-9PM. As someone living and dealing with lung cancer, I realize just how important it is to raise funds for this underfunded disease. Lung cancer kills more Canadians a year than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined yet lung cancer research only receives 7% of government funding and 1% of personal donations. Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer! If it weren’t for lung cancer research, I would certainly not be where I am today. Without the research, genetic testing and new drugs available, I would have to rely solely on traditional chemotherapy (which only has a 20% success rate) and radiation alone. Thankfully, due to medical advancements and research, I have many more options and am confident that I can beat this terrible disease.
Statistics taken from Lung Cancer Canada
If you’d like to attend this event to help support Lung Cancer Canada please visit the website below. Tickets are $100 until November 5th, and $120 a person after, provided there are tickets still available. You will receive a $20 tax receipt as well. It’s a great opportunity to mingle while enjoying some great food, drinks and entertainment in this unique setting while supporting this worthwhile cause. And if that isn’t enough, there will be an opportunity to take home some amazing prizes donated by generous sponsors with both a Silent Auction and the Tree of Hope Raffle. Tickets can be purchased online and will be mailed directly to your home. I would love to see you all there and Jack would certainly like to meet you all as well. Please help me in supporting research that will save countless canadian lives including mine.
If you cannot attend the event but would like to donate to this worthwhile cause please visit the following link. Any amount helps! Tax receipts will be provided for all donations.
Tickets can be purchased online at: http://ottawaeveningofhope4lcc.com/.