New York City, NY (PRWEB) November 28, 2012
Today, nonprofit organization Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) releases a statement following reports of a brain cancer patient’s selfless efforts to lend support to other hospital patients.
According to Matt Sanctis, author of a recent Springfield News-Sun article , Patricia Baker of Clark County, Ohio, “strolled down the halls of the Springfield Regional Cancer Center in floppy shoes and a rainbow wig, chatting with other patients who may have been surprised to see a clown getting treatment for brain cancer. But Baker, who has already fought off colon and breast cancer in recent years, said it was her way of cheering up other patients who are facing a similar fight.” Sanctis continued by explaining, “Baker’s fight with the disease began almost 10 years ago when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her mother had died of the same disease, and a different form of cancer also claimed the life of Baker’s father. Her sister, Lorette Rayburn, also died of cancer within the last year. Initially, Baker saw the diagnoses as a death sentence, but her doctor convinced her she would live.”
VABC representative, Clay Darrohn, states, “The actions of Baker in her efforts to focus on lifting the spirits of other patients while she herself undergoes treatment is inspiring. Stories such as Baker’s give hope to those dealing with this diagnosis and those who are constantly researching for better treatment. We believe that it is through awareness, hope and research that we will find new ways to help prevent and treat this disease.”
VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC currently funds research at several esteemed institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few.
VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.
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