President Barack Obama signs the 21st Century Cures Act, which provides
increased medical research funding, including $1.8 billion designated
for cancer research, and aims to accelerate development and approval of
experimental treatments and reform federal policy on mental health care.
Karen Fore, of Houston, is a six-year cancer survivor. She works in
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at MD Anderson and volunteers
with myCancerConnection, MD Anderson’s one-on-one cancer support
community that connects patients and caregivers with others who’ve been
in the same situation. Here, Karen reflects on the hope she believes the
Moon Shots Program™ will bring to future cancer survivors.
W.K. Alfred Yung, M.D., professor, Neuro-Oncology, and a member of the
Moon Shots Program™ executive committee, is an expert in clinical
research and treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, the most lethal form
of brain cancer. He is a 17-year cancer survivor and was recently named
to the Blue Ribbon panel of experts selected to advise the Beau Biden
Cancer Moonshot, inspired by MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program™ and led
by former Vice President Joe Biden.
For years, Barry Kessler was under the misconception that MD Anderson is
"a place you go when things are really bad." Several years and
one melanoma diagnosis later, he praises the institution as "the
only place to go. Period." Kessler is a principal at Simmons &
Company International, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray and a member
of MD Anderson's Advance Team, a volunteer board of "next
generation" community and business leaders. A melanoma cancer
survivor, he focuses his efforts outside of the office on helping
#endcancer, once and for all.
Jeff and Marty Lindley met in 1968 at the University of Arizona. They
married in 1970 and had a daughter, Jessica. They later moved to New
Braunfels, Texas, and were active in the community. As a surprise, Jeff
created the Marty Lindley Foundation by hosting an event at the Brauntex
Theatre, inviting guests to wear purple in awareness of leiomyosarcoma,
a soft tissue sarcoma. More than 500 people attended, including college
friends, and raised $62,000 in Marty's honor.