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Stuart's ROS1 Research Fundraiser

Thank you for visiting. This cause is very dear to me, and I'll appreciate all the support I can get! Together we can make a difference!

My cancer story begins in December 2015. Shortly after participating in a high intensity exercise class with my daughter, I developed pain in my right foot and calf. In January, it was determined I had developed blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) in my calf. A precautionary X-ray to make sure I had not had any pulmonary embolisms ultimately lead to a shocking diagnosis in April 2016: I had Stage 4 metastatic lung cancer! A small “main” tumor was found in my upper right lobe, along with “innumerable” spots in both lungs, and nearby lymph node involvement.

But no way, right? I am a never smoker, and had run thee+ miles every other day for the last 25 years. I was only 54 years old, in the prime years of life! Well, the denial is natural, the punch in the gut is real, and soon you come to grips with the fact the diagnosis will never go away. And talk about sobering! There is just an 18% 5 year survival rate. 433 people die every day from lung cancer, claiming more lives than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined.

Fast forward nearly three years later and I am happy to say I am thriving. Thanks go to God and amazing medical research. Modern genetic testing determined my cancer was driven by a rare genetic mutation called “ROS1”. This enabled me to take “targeted therapy” pills and avoid chemo for over two years. But cancer is tricky, and it typically mutates and outsmarts the drugs over time. After failing two targeted therapies, I am now on mild chemo therapy as a bridge to the next targeted therapy.

But time is running out for me and many thousands of others because the targeted therapy drugs are running out. You can imagine it is difficult to develop next-generation drugs at the pace that cancer mutates and outsmarts the current generation. This is why funding for research is so critical. Not just for me and lung cancer, but for metastatic cancers of all types. Genetic mutations drive many cancers and attacking these mutations is one of the most promising hopes in cancer research today.

Therefore, I am supporting the Bonnie J. Adario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) as they launch research and advocacy specifically for ROS1 driven lung cancer. My goal is to raise $500, and I would be so grateful for any donation that would be meaningful to you!

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$825
raised of $500 goal
 

Recent Donations

$100.00
1. JBJames Brown
$200.00
2. BPBarbara Brown Purdy
Stuart and Tanya: Thankfully my baby brother married the fiercest advocate in all the world! Researchers are winning the battle by creating targeted drugs to fight all cancers so I am targeting my $$ to halt or eradicate the Ros1 mutation.
$25.00
3. DMDiane Marlow
4. ?Anonymous
Good luck!
$100.00
5. EKEric Kline
Go Stu!
$50.00
6. JPJane Pallister