Our Race to Find a Cure for SDH-Deficient GIST Cancer
He just turned 23 and for the last three years he has been battling for his life against a rare cancer called GIST, gastrointestinal stromal tumor. To learn more, click here.
Meet Debby, Merak’s mom.
Debby is a mother on a mission to raise awareness and financial support needed to accelerate GIST Cancer Research being done by Dr. Jason Sicklick. It is her hope that Dr. Sicklick and his team will soon be able to find a cure for Merak, Debby’s only child, and other young GIST patients like him. Read more.
Meet Jason K. Sicklick, MD.
Jason is an amazing surgeon, brilliant scientist, and truly compassionate clinician at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. He is also on a mission to understand the genetic and molecular mechanisms that drive this cancer so he can improve, extend and save the lives of his many patients, like Merak, with GIST.
Together, they are in a race against time to cure this disease and they need your help.
The next critical step in the process is for Dr. Sicklick’s GIST research team to identify drugs that kill these tumors cells in the laboratory and ultimately, confirm the benefits in patients. In turn, they will publish these experiences in the medical literature. Launching the first phase of this drug screening approach will cost about $50,000. That’s our goal. We need your donations to become partners in helping more GIST patients.
$10 will allow us to screen 1 drug.
$50 will allow us to screen 5 drugs. (The more we screen, the better the chances of finding a cure.)
$100 allows us to isolate DNA for sequencing.
$250 can help fund testing effective drugs in mouse models.
$1,000 will pay for DNA or RNA sequencing of tumors.
$2,500 funds equipment for tumor cell cultures to be tested.
$7,500 will allow us to develop new cell models of GIST.
We are launching this fundraising campaign today, Tuesday, October 3, as Debby's birthday is in October, and all she wants for her birthday is a cure for GIST. We will close this campaign on Sunday, December 31. Help make strides towards a cure for this disease by donating today.
All donors to this project will be invited to a lab tour and research update.
Thank you for reading about the story of our race to find a cure for SDH-deficient GIST and for giving what you can to join us!
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