September 11, 2012
Dear Mr. President & Mrs. Obama:
I write with a sincere heart and from personal experience of the dreadful disease known as breast cancer. With the election near at hand, I realize you have much on your plate at the moment, but I was touched by the video shown during the recent convention showing how you read personal letters and are touched by people in this manner. I hope you will be touched by my message.
I am a three year “survivor” and live everyday with the consequences of treatment, and the threat of recurrence. I have lost friends, relatives and colleagues to the disease, and it’s almost impossible to find anyone who has not personally been affected by breast cancer. The word survivor is a bit of a misnomer, no one really “survives” breast cancer; one only gets through it. It’s a disease that is reaching epidemic proportions and affects the entire family, not just the patient.
I humbly write on behalf of a cause that has become my passion. Last year, in my search for ways to prevent recurrence, I discovered the work of Dr. Vincent Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic and the first preventive breast cancer vaccine. I’m sure you have heard of Dr. Tuohy’s work since he presented before Congress, but I was amazed that with all the networking, emailing and blogging I did through my treatment journey, I had not heard of this incredible, possible cure. As a retired science teacher, I spent weeks researching the theory behind the vaccine and was amazed. The more I learned, the more determined I became to help. The result was the founding of Sisters4Prevention.
Throughout the past year, I have made bracelets, sewed hats, sold T and golf shirts, and sponsored a “Sock Hop for Hope”. In July, I personally visited Dr. Tuohy at his lab at the Cleveland Clinic along with my husband and sister-in-law, herself a “survivor”. Dr. Tuohy is a dedicated, humble, and sincere man whose only agenda is to cure breast cancer. Unfortunately, as an immunologist, and not an oncologist, obtaining financial support for his research has been extremely difficult.
The results are irrefutable and The Pink Vaccine has been validated by the scientific community. It is 100% effective in preventing breast cancer in mice, and animals already infected with the disease experience a marked reduction in tumors after receiving treatment. It is important to note that anything that works in humans first worked in mice, so the potential is there to finally have a cure. Instead, it sits in a lab in Cleveland. So what’s the problem? Quite simply, so far no one will fund it.
For your review, this link will take you to a video about the vaccine:
Dr. Tuohy has worked tirelessly for the past 8 years to develop the vaccine, and continues to seek FDA approval to begin human trials. He appeared before Congress after winning the prestigious Sones Innovation Award in 2010 validating his research, but did not receive funding. What is needed is approximately $3 million dollars to begin. Since there is an estimated $30 Billion spent on breast cancer every year in the U.S., this seems like a proverbial drop in the bucket. Everyday this vaccine sits on the shelf, health care costs rise.
Earlier this year, Dr. Tuohy was courted by the Chinese who were anxious to discuss his work. With the growing number of breast cancer cases in China, and the economic impact of treatment, it’s easy to understand their eagerness for a cure. While negotiations continue, Dr. Tuohy would of course prefer to complete his work in America. It would indeed be a tragedy for all Americans if this vaccine were to be made in China. This vaccine, when released, should have the proud stamp of “Made in America.”
As a survivor I am totally astounded and confused why this has not been embraced and applauded by breast cancer foundations. Komen has turned Dr. Tuohy down for funding several times, and the Avon Foundation has refused to even consider it. I try not to be skeptical, but I can’t help but think that it’s not in the best interest of corporate or Pink-America to prevent this costly disease. I certainly don’t have to explain politics to you.
As a result of my visit, Dr. Tuohy introduced me to four dedicated women who share my mission…to help in any way possible to spread the word about the vaccine and help achieve funding. Together we are working to start a revolution; the likes of which we hope will be the “second shot heard round the world”. We are five dedicated and determined women, all with our own foundations, who have united to become “Champions of the Pink Vaccine”. We are comprised of four survivors and one renowned breast cancer surgeon, all from different areas of the country, who meet each week via Skype. We are deeply committed to supporting each other and the Pink Vaccine.
We feel that not enough attention has been paid by the media to Dr. Tuohy’s discovery. We are hoping you will take this cause into your heart and find a way to help. We dream of the opportunity to speak with you and share Dr. Tuohy’s story. It could be a story as big as the Salk vaccine for polio. I think we can all agree that we need to stop the epidemic of breast cancer. Will you help us?
115 Taylor Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Champions of the Pink Vaccine
P.S. I am enclosing a copy of my book so you can experience my year of “surviving” breast cancer.
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