Summit Reached and the Donor Impact

Thank you, Donors!   $110,000 Raised to Support Cancer Research! What will that provide?  Funding at that level makes so many things possible! Within SWOG, for example: Two years of support for a Coltman Fellowship One year of support for a SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award Two grants from the Hope Foundation SEED Fund The SWOG …

Goldberg and Unger Named Coltman Fellows

Sarah Goldberg, MD, of the Yale Cancer Center, and Joseph Unger, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, have been awarded Coltman Fellowships from The Hope Foundation. Goldberg’s fellowship will support her investigation of treatment for advanced non-small cell lung cancer. She was previously named a SWOG Young Investigator in 2013. Unger will utilize …

Updates from the Mountain

Day 4: We were supposed to have cell coverage at Shira Two, today’s camp, but only Tanzanian phones have reception so far. Other electronics doing well–my solar charger performed like a champ this AM, and the diabetic equipment seems ok to 13,000 feet. Today did make me feel like a real mountaineer. The hike was straight …

Climb Leader Examines ‘A Route Less Taken’

Paul Steger and assistant leader Eric Hoem will guide the group, including Blanke, as all attempt to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Below, Steger shares some background on the group and what is anticipated during the expedition. — Eric and I met with Donovan Pacholl of Embark, an outfitter supporting climbs of Kilimanjaro, in January 2014.  …

Altitude Training: The Sleep Tent

The Kilimanjaro Climb for Cancer Clinical Trials will commence in just a few weeks, and Dr. Charles Blanke continues to update the climb page with details on the preparations:   More lessons learned, regarding the sleep tent. Thanks to Dr. Peter Hackett for sharing a high altitude conversion chart. 1. Tiny changes to the air …

Climb Preparation on Mt. Hood

Snow training day on Mt. Hood. A stout snow shoe hike, then hill intervals towing some 80 lbs.         A shout out to my training partners Jo and “Emily”.               See additional updates on Facebook.

Dr. Kevin Kalinsky Receives SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award

Dr. Kevin Kalinsky, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has been granted a SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award. Project title: “Master regulator analysis to prioritize testing of patient-derived xenografts to identify effective precision treatments for patients with residual disease after neoadjuvant breast cancer chemotherapy” Project description: Precision medicine tailors treatment to the individual. …

More on the Importance of Cancer Clinical Trials

A primary goal of the Kilimanjaro Climb is to raise awareness of cancer clinical trials in order to inform the public and help patients participate in studies.  SWOG patient advocate Anna Gottlieb, founder and executive director of Gilda’s Club Seattle, recently shared these thoughts with us:   I’ve been a SWOG patient advocate for many years …

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