On the Eve of Another Pilgrimage…
Here’s a quick update on the eve of my long anticipated pilgrimage to San Diego tomorrow morning. I’ll be driving down to Boston for some meetings there, before flying off to California the next day, on the evening of the 9th. I’ve got a busy schedule of meetings and doctor appointments planned, culminating with the injection of my first dose of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccine at 2:00 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, January 15th. That will be an exciting moment for me, given all the work and personal investment it’s taken to get to this point! I am really eager to finally see this vision fulfilled — and hopeful of course! But we’ll see…
The Phase I clinical trial I’m participating in is very small because it is being funded through charitable grants and donations (because there is no clear big money-making opportunity for these kinds of personalized vaccines, and thus not much interest yet in funding clinical trials from the large biotech and pharma companies)… and so, I am one (#3) of only 10 participating late stage cancer patients. And as a consequence (as mentioned in an earlier post), I also volunteered to help raise funds so that more patients might have access to the trial, and to support the research being done by the La Jolla Institute. Hence, I would like to cordially ask you to consider – on the eve of my departure – making a charitable donation in any amount – however modest — to this very worthy cause. Every donation in any amount — however small — is important, and your help will be very, very much appreciated! Here’s the link again:
From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
My general health continues to be very good, and following two infusions of Folfox chemotherapy last month to help stymie any disease progression until I could receive my first dose of therapeutic vaccine, my cancer blood markers — CEA and CA-19-9 — have declined steadily and significantly.
If all goes well, my participation in this San Diego clinical trial may open up a new chapter in the story of how best to respond to terminal cancer. Of course, Deborah and I can’t help but be hopeful! Please say a prayer for us, and keep your fingers crossed!
Whatever happens, we’ll see… together.