Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dreams do come true...even at the Super Bowl

Non-Hodgkins can affect anyone...even someone playing in the superbowl. Odessa High School graduate Marcus Cannon is a member of the New England Patriots team that will play Feb. 5 against the New York giants at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Cannon was diagnosed with non0hodkin's lymphoma before the 2011 NFL Draft. His friends and family are very proud stating that "For the things he was able to accomplish, and to overcome the adversity with his health, it's a credit to him and his family. It's a true measure of his faith". This goes to show anything is possible and that having non-hodgkin's lymphoma does not always have to stop you from achieving your dreams!

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Children Beauty Pageants Giving Back

A beauty pageant not only crowned some children but also showcased it's ability to give back. Kim Dawson started Beauty and Beaus Pageants as a way to help out St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, an organization she feels connected too. At 19, Dawson's husband passed away from non-Hogkin's lymphoma. Recently, her mother was also diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Leukemia as well. All of the kids involved in the pageants, prepared actual Valentine's Day cards to send with Kim for the kids at St. Jude's. The pageant hopes their message is clear to all involved and makes a difference in everyone's lives. All of the parents should be happy their children are healthy and that every little bit of giving back can make a difference in someone's life.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Turning 50 with a Facebook Contest

A woman celebrated her 50th birthday raising money for a Cancer Charity. Di Gosney started a Facebook photo contest in which all the money will go to a Cancer research charity close to her heart. Her late cousin and mother have both endured battles with non-Hodgkin's and breast cancer. The challenge is to take at least 500 photos of people and post them on Facebook. everyone will either be holding her challenge poster, wearing a pink baseball cap, or a pink bra, or all three.

To find out more on this challenge and to help Di out, more information can be found here:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Drug for 2012-Zevalin shows promising results

Lymphoma drug Zevalin may be an important drug for 2012! It did really well in a recent study of patients undergoing bone marrow transplant to treat an aggressive form of the blood cancer. Patients who took a Zevalin combination had a higher two year survival rate of 91%! Patients with an "intermediate level of the disease" lived significantly longer without seeing the cancer worsen. Zevalin will be studied further in larger clinical trials because of these promising results. It is already approved in the U.S. for certain forms on non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Out with Malibu Barbie, In with Bald Barbie

Mattel's iconic barbie doll has had alot of transformations and hairstyles over the years...enough to make lady gaga and Madonna seem like amateurs! But barbie has never been least not yet!

A group of women recently launched a Facebook page called "Beautiful and Bald Barbie"
They are advocating for there to be a bald barbie to help young girls with the traumatic process of loosing their hair in cancer treatment.

This seems like a great idea to me! Unfortunately, so far Mattel has not responded.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Judge orders accounting in Ala. contamination suit

According to WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News, Chattanooga:
Calhoun County Circuit Judge Debra Jones has issued an order requiring a public accounting of the settlement in a chemical contamination lawsuit (regarding Monsanto and PCBs).
Read the full report here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

One step closer to a cure for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

I really really hope this comes true for 2012. A recent article I found predicts that the number one medical breakthrough in 2012 will be the advancement of cancer vaccines . “Biovest's BiovaxID(R) personalized cancer vaccine” supports this by being a key role in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Lawsuit Alleges Benzene Leak Caused Cancer

A man diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma became the sixth plaintiff this year to file suit against Shell Oil Co. (among other parties), claiming that a Benzene leak at a local refinery spurred the development of his cancer.
Read the full story at The Telegraph.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Melting ice will loose highly toxic chemicals

According to an article that ran recently in the San Francisco Chronicle's online publication:
Some of the most dangerous pollutants we know, called persistent organic pollutants, have been frozen in the Arctic tundra and ices caps since they were banned in the U.S. in 1979 and internationally in 2001. But climate change is bringing the return of the repressed, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Read the full story here.