Who do you think of when you hear the word "Cancer?" Chances are that it is someone close to you - someone you love. Your parents? Your sister or bother? Your child? A friend? A neighbor or colleague? Is it you? Very few of us are not impacted by this disease... and yeah, it's personal. Our family has embraced the mission of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) and Swim Across America (SAA) Greenwich in loving memory of those we've lost - Kimberly Lawrence Netter and Diane W. Darst - and to radically change the prognosis for cancer patients.
The change is upon us. ACGT funded investigators have made enormous advances in the development of cell and gene therapies across multiple cancer types, and late last year the FDA approved the first ever immunocellular therapy for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia - Kymriah™ (tisagenlecleucel). Kymriah™ was developed through collaboration between Novartis and University of Pennsylvannia; however, this milestone therapy is also the direct result of early stage funding provided by ACGT. But to paraphrase Churchill, this is only the end of the beginning. Early stage funding remains critical for this new generation of therapies to succeed so let's not wait for the ship to come in - let's swim out to it!
Think about the loved ones in your life and please join us in supporting ACGT's mission. Whether swimming, funding, or sharing this message - we all do our part in making waves against cancer. You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America, 11600 North Community House Dr., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28277.
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