Chris Elliott Fund

Bringing HOPE to the lives of brain tumor patients & their families

A Shot of Hope From Dana Farber

A few weeks ago I went to Boston to meet with Dellann Elliott, President, Chris Elliott Fund to learn more about the Chris Elliott Lab for Glioblastoma Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. My friend Lois Melander, whose husband died of brain cancer last year  joined me. We met with the leading research team to hear about the state of brain cancer research and with Dr. DePinho who was the former Director of the Human Genome Project. Wow! We were so humbled being in the presence of the brilliant and passionate scientists who are the leaders of the world effort to develop the cure for cancer. Dr. DePinho told me that he believed that they will succeed within 10 years and change the evolutionary path of the human species on earth. Wooooh! He said that they know how, but they will need the financial resources provided through private philanthropy to accomplish the mission.

I left in awe and with a sense of hope and inspiration that the loss of my daughter, Raina, and others would not be in vain. Many are working hard to find a cure for brain cancer fueled by the contributions from organizations like the Chris Elliott Fund which raises money for patient support, awareness and cutting edge research. My family and friends are honored to be supporters of the Chris Elliott Fund. Donate what you can, what’s comfortable to help end brain cancer.

John Bourland, Burlington VT

2 Comments

  1. hello my name is Jannette Schutz. my daughter( who is now 32) was diagnosed with glioblastoma in sept of 07 at Brigham & womens hospital in boston. She is now doing great with 5 excellent mri's with no tumor growth. Thanks to avastin. She was transfered from Dana Farber to Vanderbilt in Nashville where we live, and since she has had her treatments every three weeks then mri. I ask our doctor if she is cured and he says there are still cells there, is there a way to say she is cured, do we have to wait 5 years. I would like to have an opinion. Thanks Jannette Schutz

  2. History has taught us that looking for cures for disease is not always medically nor economically effective. President Nixon's “War on Cancer” is a great example of the unproductive nature of this approach. In 1971, he signed the National Cancer Act legislating $1.6 billion expenditure to find a cure for cancer. That year, 335,000 Americans died of cancer. In 2008, 37 years later, this number has increased to 565,650 people — up by 69%!

    Since 1971, the Federal Government, private foundations and companies have spent around $200 billion in a quest to cure cancer. This $200 billion generated 1.5 million scientific papers about the basic biology of cancer. For 37 years, the War on Cancer (the majority of the funding for cancer) has gone into research to eradicate malignant cells rather than to keep normal cells from becoming malignant in the first place.

    The best way for prevention is to adopt a healthier way of eating and enjoying nutrient-rich foods, which have been found to contain many potent disease-fighting compounds that help prevent disease. Americans need to learn that the drugs used to treat today's chronic preventable diseases not only do not cure them, but would be rendered largely unnecessary.