October's Theme is Health Issues & Cure Research

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In the decade since the Foundation’s inception, many advances have been made in the field of medical technology and research, which has significantly impacted treatments for many diseases and illnesses.  The Foundation has supported many organizations funding research, new treatment options and state-of-the-art therapies.
Breast Cancer. According to NIH (National Institutes of Health), breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. While we know that people with a family history of breast cancer are at an “increased risk” for the disease, the “vast majority” of patients have no known family history and no known gene that causes cancer, says Dr. Margaret Gatti-Mays, a breast cancer treatment specialist at The Ohio State University.



 
New Research:
  • Researchers are searching for combinations of genes that may lead to breast cancer and an NIH study called the Confluence Project is trying to “unravel” these gene combinations.
  • Another study is looking into how factors—genes, medical history and lifestyle—“interact” to affect cancer risk.
  • Newer treatment options also include targeted treatments (that block specific proteins that control how cancer cells grow, divide and spread).
  • Targeted treatments for HER2-positive cancer "have improved survival over the last decade”, according to NIH.
  • The most recent type of cancer treatment is called immunotherapy, and it has been effective in "training" a body to fight using a person's own immune system.
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October is...

Scroll down to see an update about one very

special girl the Foundation has known since 2013.

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Related Charitable Organizations: Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Susan G. Komen (Race for the Cure: DuPage County, Chicago and Austin).
Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease currently affects 5.8 million Americans, with that number expected to rise steadily each year. Currently, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and, along with other forms of dementia, kills more seniors than breast and prostate cancer combined, according to Northwest Career College.
New Research:
  • Locating the specific gene that’s responsible for igniting inflammation near the brain’s memory center could lead to a targeted treatment that minimizes brain injury in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Knowing which cell-specific proteins are responsible for producing specific symptoms in dementia patients may bring about a drug that disables them. This precise approach may "make it possible" to make drugs that only target the cell type causing the disease in an individual.
  • Scientists all over the world are looking beyond the single strategy most dementia researchers have studied in the past—clearing toxic amyloid plaques from the brainand are looking to the drug pipeline  to slow the progression of dementia and the diseases related to it.         
           Info from AARP

Related Charitable Organizations: Alzheimer's Association, American Brain Foundation, Lewy Body Dementia Association and Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation. 

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Pediatric Diseases. Neuroblastoma is the most lethal cancer in kids aged 5 and younger, according to Children's Cancer Research Fund. High-risk neuroblastoma accounts for almost 15% of all pediatric cancer-related deaths.
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Other Promising Research
  • 3D-Printed Organs. Researchers have been able to create living skin, complete with blood vessels, and over the next decade it is expected that printed organs will become available for transplanting organs for those in need. 

  • Bionic Limbs. Numerous advances in prosthetics have made limbs "feel as real as possible", according to CNN Health. Advances include computer chips that sync joints to Bluetooth devices that coordinate movement and 3D computer models that customize socket designs.

  • Detecting Disease by Smell. Scientists in 2016 discovered that it was possible to detect diseases through smell. Lung cancer, kidney failure, diabetes, gum disease, preeclampsia, psychotic disorders and more are currently being uncovered through smell. Detecting these diseases by numerous methods can lead to an early diagnosis and effective treatment methods, according to The Site.

New Research: 
  • Researchers now know that extra amounts of a protein called MYCN are a major contributor to neuroblastoma and researchers are seeking to find ways to combat the protein.
  • Researchers are also looking into MYC gene family mutations that cause medulloblastoma in kids (and also triple-negative breast cancer and small cell lung cancer in adults).
  • In the last decade, according to the National Library of Medicine/National Center for Biotechnology Information, the molecular biology revolution has advanced considerably. So much so that these "advances have enhanced our understanding of the genetic underpinnings of human brain tumors in general, and pediatric brain tumors in particular".
  • In the next decade, it is expected that several "new molecular techniques" could establish brain tumor diagnoses and will likely become "standard tools in the diagnostics and treatment stratification of children with central nervous system tumors."  National Library of Medicine/National Center for Biotechnology 









 
Related Charitable Organizations:   MarionJoy Foundation, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Ronald McDonald House (Wheaton and Austin). 
Spotlight on Quincey

Since its earliest days, the Foundation has helped a single mom raising a daughter diagnosed at a very young age with Rett Syndrome, a genetic neurological disorder which affects nearly every aspect of the child's life: mostly found in girls, it affects the ability to speak, walk, eat and even breathe easily. The hallmark of the syndrome is "near constant repetitive hand movements", according to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.

Quincey, who will turn 26 in November, was enrolled in a special education pre-school at 3 1/2, went on to high school and graduated in 2015 and in 2018 she entered a transitional school. Her mom reports that Quincey is always happy and brings joy to everyone around her. We understand that!

 

Through the years, the Foundation has funded (in 2013) a wheelchair, a bed (2014), a chair to help bathe Quincey (2016) and in July of this year, an adaptive seat to help the now adult Quincey into and out of a chair.

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