My mom is dying. Give her access to the drug she desperately needs.
  • Petitioned John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D.

This petition was delivered to:

John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and President, Lilly Oncology
Sue Mahony, Ph.D
AVP, Corporate Communications at ImClone Systems
Tracy Henrikson
Managing Director and President of ImClone Systems
Jerry Kinzel
Vice President and Global Product Team Leader, Ramucirumab
Benjamin Anderson, Ph.D

My mom is dying. Give her access to the drug she desperately needs.

    1. Chen Zhang
    2. Petition by

      Chen Zhang

      Austin, TX

My mom, Yu "Denise" Deng, has been fighting gastric cancer for three years. She is only 52 and has endured 10+ surgeries, multiple rounds of chemo, radiation, and throughout it all has managed to maintain her spirit and beautiful warm smile. It has been unimaginably difficult and we are at a point where all but one viable option have been exhausted.  The last option is new investigational immunotherapy drug called Ramucirumab.  The FDA can approve use of an investigational drug under an expanded access program or individual patient access, but Eli Lilly, the manufacturer, has not agreed to provide the drug.  We hope that the signatures on this petition can convince Eli Lilly that a simple "yes" from them can not only help save a life, but demonstrate their dedication to ethics and compassion to thousands of supporters.

Ramucirumab been proven to increase the likelihood of survival for late stage gastric cancer patients.  It has gone through extensive clinical trials and is in the final stage of approval by the FDA.  Unfortunately, the drug isn't expected to be approved until after April 2014 and lag time for distribution will further delay access to the drug.  I'm afraid my mom may not have that much time.

The decision to provide the drug rests wholly on the pharmaceutical company. Eli Lilly has stated that they do not, nor do they plan to, have an expanded use program for Ramucirumab. The rep I spoke with said "because the drug is expected to be approved in  4-6 months, Eli Lilly has chosen not to provide the drug through a compassionate use program at this time." In other words, the drug is going to be approved quickly, so they are not taking action to make it available to patients who need it between now and the time when the drug officially hits the market.

My mom isn't the only patient whose life depends on quick access to this drug.  I know many more patients in Texas. Imagine how many more there are in the US or the world.

We need thousands of supporters to sign the petition and give my mom and the other patients out there a bold, strong, unified voice.  We are imploring Eli Lilly to demonstrate their company purpose of SAVING LIVES and give Yu "Denise" Deng access to Ramucirumab now.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. Update and our next steps

      Chen Zhang
      Petition Organizer

      Hi, Friends
      We haven't shared an update in a while because my mom had to go to the emergency over a week ago for a dangerously elevated heart rate. She is stable now, but still in the hospital as they monitor her infections, fever, and manage her pain. It has been tough and her spirits are low, but we have faith that things will get better. Some good news...Daily Mail UK (linked here), CBS Online, and China News all recently covered our story.

      My next step is to contact our representatives and Lilly's Indiana-based members of Congress. Let's hope they lend a sympathetic ear and find a way to help our cause.

      Thank you all for your love and support. Let's keep fighting.

    3. Reached 50,000 signatures
    4. A special Christmas

      Chen Zhang
      Petition Organizer

      Reading all of your heartfelt comments and emails was a fun escape for my mom today and an extra special Christmas treat for our entire family.

      Your love and support have made our holidays a little brighter. As a small token of our appreciation, here is a little card from our family to yours.

      Thank you and happy holidays!

    5. Reached 25,000 signatures
    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. We are 1000 strong.

      Chen Zhang
      Petition Organizer

      We hit the 1000 supporter milestone today and I cannot thank all of you enough.

      This morning, I received a response from a VP at Lilly that I messaged through LinkedIn. He expressed that is he is sorry to hear about my mom's situation, but Lilly does not have a compassionate use program in place. He suggested I talk to my oncologist about other options.

      While I appreciate that he took the time to respond, he and Lilly need to know that we are asking for them to CREATE A PROGRAM for my mom and anyone else who urgently needs Ramucirumab. I will share this petition with him when I respond, so he sees our rapidly growing numbers and reads your heartfelt, passionate responses.

      Our voice is loud. If Lilly doesn't take action, then we will only get louder.
      If any of you have contact information for Lilly executives, please email them to me.

      Thank you for joining me in this fight.

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cynthia Melhado AUSTIN, TX
      • 7 months ago

      Contact Cancer Centers of America They ere the greatest whether you have money or not!!! Cynthia

    • Marjorie Pinard NILES, MI
      • 8 months ago

      Because it is a life!

    • DeWayne Stansell CALHOUN, GA
      • 8 months ago

      Cancer Kills

    • Kay Traylor PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 8 months ago

      My daughter died from cancer at age 57.

    • myron dunn MANSFIELD, OH
      • 8 months ago

      Everyone deserves the medicine they need.


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