For Heavily Impacted Families [Like Mine]
Over the course of my 27 years of life, cancer has wiped out many of those closest to me. My Vavoo, mother and this past year, grandmother all passed away from cancer. All 3 of my mother's sisters have at least one type of cancer. My Grandpa and Papa also had cancer. I work to help further understand the disease and the families it impacts.
Families like mine are far too common. That's why, in January 2020, I joined forces with Dr. Jennifer R. Brown and the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Center Biorepository & Translational Laboratory at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
What have you specifically done to help conquer cancer?
I extracted and quantified germline DNA from >500 saliva samples from patients with CLL and their family members. I separated and isolated components from >300 patient blood and bone marrow samples including blood serum, blood plasma, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), and B Cells. I archived, documented, and froze >1,200 saliva DNA samples. I also performed western blots (getting close to reporting IC50 values for new treatment regimens - which is a measurement of potency, specifically the concentration of drug(s) required to inhibit 50% of the target). I also made >5 TB of lab data (including large genome files) accessible from anywhere in the world for our lab members to adapt to these changing times. I have also helped facilitate many agreements, performed scientific illustrations, and communications for the cause.
How can I sponsor your walk this year?
$25 - I will pin a ribbon in memory or support of someone you know & the color to me on walk day
$50 - I will dedicate a mile of my walk to a loved one of your choice
$100 - I will write the name of a loved one on my legs to power me through walk day
*The views on this page are strictly that of my own and may not reflect the views of Dr. Jennifer R. Brown, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Center Biorepository and Translational Laboratory, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute, or any of their affiliates.
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