WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
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MFB - Matt Blennau, with Dr. Ken Anderson
Matt was hospitalized in 2013 with pneumonia, an illness he kept battling. After another round of antibiotics, he felt better, but the blood work came back and told his care team he had multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood. He started a clinical trial: 8 cycles of a 3-drug combination, with the option to potentially have a stem cell transplant of his own stem cells for later. As of July 2014, Matt is off of the cycles of treatment and now on maintenance therapy. He's staying on 1 of the drugs, an oral medication that he can do at home; does blood work once a week locally and then goes in to see Dr. Anderson once a month. Matt is married to his wife of 11 years, Carolyn, and they have three children: 4- and 6-year old boys, and a 9 year old girl. Dr. Anderson has helped shape new ways of treating multiple myeloma over the past 10 years - it has gone from a death sentence to being more of a chronic disease.
could probably even remember when Christian was starring is tied it when Mike Vrabel that's a deal for us touchdowns. In the end zone. He remembers he spent a lot of our heroes for a lot you're rooting for Christian estate and the formation so he can catch those touched allies. Well it's good seeing you again in Africa. Correct me if I'm wrong because. I might have some details Fuzzy on this but am I right when it's Iran Burton the first patriots draft choice ever had the same disease that Matt had. Right on that absolutely true Ron Burton was the first New England Patriots actually Boston patriots. Ever. Having been on American college and he was all pro for the patriots. It turns out after having
MFB - Michael Chiklis
Andover native and star of television shows "The Shield" and "The Commish," Michael Chiklis joins the Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon to talk about growing up in this area and his familiarity with the event.
for me. Was when I was down at the 2002. -- the Super Bowl down in New Orleans. And they introduced first to the greatest show on -- programs right it's like to happen out about all the individuals and the comment was and what they weren't going to be we weren't going to be that. And then at the -- bit. They introduced ladies and gentlemen in New England Patriots . And everybody got goosebumps it was like all -- coming out as a team as you know all the way it wasn't
MFB - Shannon Curley and her mom, Carol
Shannon was admitted on December 26 and discharged on April 16, 2013. Because of the rarity and nature of her leukemia, doctors recommended an aggressive treatment for her. She underwent 3 rounds of chemo, and radiation to prepare for a bone marrow transplant and a transplant in March 2013 from an anonymous donor in Germany. After the transplant, she spent 1 year on isolation as her body healed and her immune system built back up. During this time, Shannon was treated out-patient at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. She returned to school in March last year and has been easing back into the world since then.
just saw video of last night's ceremonies on the field as the Jimmy Fund radio telephone continues and we are pleased to welcome with those -- Michael joins us -- curly. Shannon and her mom Carol are here she and it was admitted to the Dana Farber cancer institute on December the 26. Back in week thirteen or 2012 accurate when he -- -- Christmas. And you had a cute by lineal leukemia. Basketball player -- at high school and college basketball to. -- that -- so much it is not just the pros and Europe basketball player and you needed a bone marrow
exactly what people. Well when people donate to the department noted that Jimmy Fund where their money is going from what I've been told. The deal wolf firsthand. -- people overseas. To get. The matches and bring them back exactly your case we had to have a goal in Germany to find a match. And the way it's been described to me use. Because this is such an important thing. Volunteers will come to the Jimmy Fund -- all fly over all get it all bring it back to make sure it gets here are safe and sound. As opposed to shipping it. And people take that responsibility. And oftentimes. The volunteers we'll just pay the ticket themselves pay for the stale -- whatever their costing build systems orbit on the wrong. But the gain also raises mine Jimmy Fund raises money. To supplement those that need to go over to get the transplant in materials. And just to show exactly where your cash is going when you call 877731234. -- to get what you need to stay alive physically get it. That's had a when he goes and I just think it's important point out that. They're very obvious tangible things that come from people's donations. Either that phone number or by going to Jimmy Fund dot org. But most importantly but jump shot this incident. Position always -- air guard filing forward okay. CC you banging down
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MFB - Pasi Janne, director, Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology, Dana-Farber
Dr. Janne's main research includes the study of epidermal growth factor receptor mutations (EGFR) in non-small cell lung cancer patients. He and other researchers at Dana-Farber showed that patients whose tumors had a malfunctioning version of the EGFR protein responded dramatically to a drug that specifically targets the EGFR protein. The findings launched the era of precision medicine for lung cancer, transforming the way the disease is treated in many patients.
this is for example we called personalized or precision that is -- lung cancer this discovery were involved in over a decade ago. It basically the finding was that there's certain pieces with lung cancers. All hole normally have this GPs. That the -- but it's found to be mutated altered just in the cancer. Pitches. It -- this alteration there's specific drugs actually work incredibly well. Now are approved by the Food and Drug Administration specifically for this typical race. Yeah you know we talk about your lung cancer all it is that the smoker figures smoker's lung cancer that's not related cases. Not the case about 1520%. That pieces of it excellent cancer word and act like one never smokers. And -- a significant proportion of the ones that did it diagnosed. Used to smoke acquitted in the right to their doctors they -- 2030 years ago but still at risk of bill. What do when I read it lung cancers leading cause for cancer death . Among men and women. Is that because there's so much of it or -- because that it's one of the toughest ones to fight. It is not the most common cancer but it is that once it's one of the toughest ones fight. And you're right is the cause of cancer death for those men and women. In those numbers that are slowly started to change. Partly because as we treat the cancer an
MFB - Abby Bala, 12, with her mom Faye
Abby just finished 60 weeks of chemotherapy on July 10 after being diagnosed with an optic glioma when she was 2½ years old in 2005. She did not need treatment after her first diagnosis, and she was followed by her doctors at the time in Philadelphia and then in Boston when her family moved here 4 years ago. She had a scan on the day after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and doctors saw the tumor had progressed so she began chemotherapy at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Abby loves baking and was kind enough to bring Cake Pops for Lou, Christian and Tim.
going. But in the case the Jimmy Fund in the case that Dana Farber Cancer Institute it's pretty clear it's going not just to research not just things that we can't see touch or feel specifically for the kids. Like the clinic that we went to the three of us who went our first show. Together -- shall visit together. You can see the kids interacting with each other with toys with the ipads with. Things of that nature that just make the clinic feel more like home more like their basement more like their bedroom. And that's where this money goes -- 5% with the Dana Farber gets in terms of money is grants but is the 25%. That were raising today. That literally helps kids like. And it's just incredible it you know sixteen -- -- there I don't think that mr. BP and there was always. Something you do when someone awesome and nice to do that wins and. And makes -- for every different Hala how much you look reported go back to school in the Dominican all right and I posted I like the Pentagon and actually that's the beautiful thing about it. In normal
D&C - Red Sox GM Ben Cherington
In light of Curt Schilling's revelation that smokeless tobacco caused his mouth cancer, Ben Cherington challenged his team to stop using chewing tobacco.
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Dr. Larry Shulman, chief of staff, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dana-Farber
Dr. Shulman serves a leadership role at Dana-Farber as chief of staff, and he is also a breast oncologist (he sees breast cancer patients) and is involved in breast cancer research. Dr. Shulman spoke about the importance of Dana-Farber partnering with other institutions in the community.
White House chief of staff. We are honored to have these senior vice president for medical affairs in a barber and the chief of staff doctor Marshall when doctor shall -- good morning how are you the great great to be here and thanks for all you're doing -- thank you it's it's it's certainly our pleasure. You have a leadership role at the Dana Farber . Tell us about your duties and responsibilities as both these senior VP medical affairs and the chief of staff what's on your plate day. Well you know Dana Farber is you know has. Three missions one is to provide the best cancer care in the world to adults and -- children. The others to do -- search so that fewer people die from cancer next year that are dying this year. And the third is to train the next generation. Experts in cancer care physicians nurses in every other professional. And my job is to make Dana Farber work in those three respects. Part of what you do is partnering with other institutions is that correct how to how to how does that paradigm work it's like a baseball team. Quite frankly you know you can't win a pennant with just a good shortstop. You know you need a good pitcher you -- -- good good catcher everybody's got different skills. In Boston we're blessed with a lot of terrific institutions MIT has some of the best researchers in the world. We have the Broad Institute which is a collaboration between MIT and Dana Farber . That's working on cancer economics that's a partnership and that makes -- richer makes their team Fuller deeper bench in this. Group
-- directors. But it is it is one of the missions that Dana Farber . Is to have a global mission and we have a senator for global cancer medicine I am the director of the senate. And we've brought cancer care to children and adults and want to who have never had the opportunity. To have a life to be cured. So that is one of the missions at Dana Farber we wanna bring great cancer care to people throughout eastern Massachusetts. But also other places -- your. It like an MRI there -- connected. I don't know. -- can I get a cat scan you can't get an MRI. But. We've learned to adopt our treatments for the environment we've been able to deliver really outstanding. Care wee bit Dana Farber oncology nurses over there and a lot of our faculty and Harvard medical students and it's been again a team approach that's what makes all of this work. Access to the Dana Farber coming this way we hear all the time that people from all over the world. Come to the Dana Farber for obvious reasons it's probably the best place in the world. How does that happen -- -- -- in Belgium decide all I've heard about Dana Farber and get care over here. Well you know we have. The staff that in fact facilitates. People from Albany new war Belgium
D&C - Dr. Robert "Bob" Mayer, Faculty VP for Academic Affairs, Dana-Farber
Dr. Mayer spoke about the advances made in colo-rectal cancer over the past 10 years and the importance of men and women getting screened for this. If caught early, it’s a very curable disease. He's been on staff at Dana-Farber since 1974. Besides his faculty leadership position, he still treats patients for gastrointestinal cancer, specializing in colon cancer.
-- quoted doctor Robert -- doctor Bob mayor that the vice president for academic affairs at the Dana farm or doctor or you are what are what are we gonna -- document -- -- guy and they want to tax July. Statement that that that. What is your area of expertise what is your job description all about it via -- I -- gain of forty years ago as a treaty it. That's the best decision I ever made but he. With this institute where were you before that I was at the National Cancer Institute OK and I came up here in 1974. So much smaller plates and very intimate that it still maintains from patients that intimacy which -- And he couldn't special. I started treating people with leukemia for the last 25 years at that gastrointestinal cancer. Now as some -- more obscure and more exotic -- this is not one of 96 almost 97000. Cases of colon cancer and 40000 cases of rectal cancer. Every single year yes yes so this is a large problem it is the second most common cause of cancer death and actually. The last fifty years the number of cases dropped the mortality. Deaths of that's really close we coupled. Listen to everybody. That screen. Screening for colon cancer works saves lives below question mortality rates are down mortality rates down number of cases are down in this country. All the
D&C - Amanda Carnes and Kate Monroe
Amanda Carnes is an RN and Jimmy Fund Clinic Nurse. She has been with Dana-Farber for 13 years. Kate Monroe has been working at the Jimmy Fund Clinic since 2001. She has been a pediatric oncology nurse for 17 years.
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D&C - Gabby Morgan, 8, with her parents Sean and Alysha
In August 2013, Gabby was attending summer day camp. When her mom, Alysha, would pick her up every day, Gabby said she had napped several times. Gabby spiked a fever so Alysha took her to the pediatrician. She mentioned Gabby had been bruising a lot, and the doctor ran blood tests. The doctor called at 4 a.m. on August 23 telling Gabby's parents to take her to the ER. It was there that she was diagnosed with leukemia. Gabby had a bone marrow biopsy, and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and underwent 3 rounds of chemotherapy. She received a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor on Dec. 20, 2013, and left the hospital a month later, after 5 months inpatient. She only got to go home for a week near Thanksgiving before the transplant. Gabby is going back to school in September after missing all of last year. She will be in 3rd grade at Marsh Grammar School in Methuen.
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with a smile. The nurses there but everybody at the hospital at Jimmy Fund nicest people in the world and just like I said she's my hero. She never complained. Through all through everything she went through and the team always it's so hard on them and people don't understand just. Every little thing constantly being hooked up to a poll we have you know everywhere you go you outlined -- an idea. Yeah -- know she did everything like that true but they. What's arts and crafts right if you think you think -- dads as tough as you are. Fixed it where is where is -- now in