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Cancer crusaders donate $11K to research center

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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A dozen North Mason Cancer Crusaders and friends made their annual pilgrimage to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Dec. 14 to present the center with a $11,000 check.

According to the group, the center was thankful for the donation. About 88 percent of the donation goes for research.

During the past eight years, the crusaders have donated more than $72,000 to Fred Hutchinson.

Members of the North Mason group said they were impressed with the latest research on pancreatic cancer and the discovery of an existing drug originally designed to treat sleep disorders that may be a new, potent cancer-fighting agent.

They said scientists at Fred Hutchinson have found a way to destroy pancreatic cancer's biological defense. This breakthrough has been rushed into human clinical trials and offers new hope to those facing one of the deadliest types of cancer.

The cancer group also learned about a relatively new survivorship program from Emily Jo Rajotle. This program offers early detection and better treatment options. For a cancer patient, instead of just getting treatment and sent out the door, they are followed, given options, given information about what to expect, and given information about the Exercise & Thrive program.

This program is cosponsored with the

YMCAs in Pierce and Kitsap counties.

The use of scorpion venom in treating certain types of brain cancer was also discussed. The group was amazed at this treatment and urges interested parties to visit the Fred Hutchinson website for more information.

The North Mason Cancer Crusaders' raised money with the fall Jail and Bail fundraiser, its involvement with the Taste of Hood Canal, plus two new fundraisers.

On April 6, the cancer crusaders are putting on a Mystery Dinner at Bel-fair Community Baptist Church under Chairperson Linnie Griffin.

The metal art will include various pieces and sizes from bookends, and sconces to go over outdoor light fixtures to some large pieces.

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Original Publication Date: February 14, 2013

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