One Person Can Change the World: I'm Living Proof!
I was a little sad I didn't get to meet my new hero, but mostly dumbfounded by the reality that I was truly in the crowd in real life. Yea, it was cool to spend some time with Harry Connick, Jr. during the shoot, and I was honored to be invited to be in the movie, not because I was going to be on camera for two seconds, but mostly because I realized on the couch back home that I was in that number of 40,000 women a year who benefited from Herceptin. I had been saved by one man who simply tried to make a difference to others.
So today in the cancer world, they call drugs such as Herceptin "targeted therapies." The cancer research world has changed greatly since the creation of this drug, and great minds have taken Dr. Slamon's lead and applied it to other forms of cancer. Researchers have been imagining even more ways to target new growth factors, along with the familiar methods of killing cells through chemotherapy. Everyone knows someone, who knows someone, with cancer. It is a hard thing to go through, or watch someone you love go through, but knowing there are folks out there sacrificing their own lives to save others brings me great joy. If he had given up on his dream anywhere along the way, I wouldn't be here now, and maybe I can take a lesson from Dr. Slamon because... maybe Mother Teresa did have an impact after all; she may not have been able to save every orphan, but she showed the world a way that each of us can help just one.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Living Proof is a Lifetime Television Movie
P.S. - I am remiss not to give enormous props to Mrs. Lilly Tarticoff. Without her, the money that Dr. Slamon needed to continue the research for Herceptin would never have come to be. Her passion, love, and social connetions with Revlon's Ronald Perelman, who agreed to fund the research, made it all possible. There are many philanthropist who give back with great love who have no idea how many lives they are truly touching. There is enough story there for another very long blog. Thank you to them as well with all my heart!
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