I am a Clinician Scientist at CancerCare Manitoba and Senior Scientist the Cancer Care Manitoba Research Institute. This is my 6th year participating in the Challenge for life and my 10th year supporting it. My reasons to participate in the challenge for life are many: I am a physician that sees patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), and hairy cell leukemia (HCL). They face tremendous uncertainty in their journey with their disease along with the unpredictability of progression and being older when they may be treated. They share my excitement when I bring them new treatments. They have taught me resilience and hope. I walk for them. I am a scientist that educates the next generation of clinicians and scientists, from undergraduate, to co-op, BSc Med, Graduate, medical students, resident, and fellows. My research is based on what I see in my clinical practice. How have therapies have changed outcomes, as we have better treatments for all patients, not just the fittest ones. Do all people benefit from these therapies? My passion is to meld the science behind the disease with the clinical practice, research termed translational research. My research focuses on the powerhouse that drive the cell and how they help in leukemia cell survival. As a result, designing treatments that target the survival mechanism of the leukemia cell is essential for their demise. I could not have achieved these goals without the Foundation. They fund my research, support highly qualified personnel in my team like: Cheryl, Subir and Eileen, my students (so many to thank), and have enabled me to be one of the leading CLL Clinician Scientists in the country. I walk for them. On a more personal note, just like your lives have been touched by cancer, so has mine. My grandmother died of CLL and received her care at CCMB. My father has been treated for prostate cancer at Cancer Care Manitoba. They were both courageous and battled their disease. I walk for them.
This year I had many of my own friends whose lives were touched by cancer and supporting them through their journey in whatever way a could was another way in which I could help.
As many of you already know my Partner in Crime, Dr. Shantanu Banerji has led the Genomics Platfoem for CancerCare Manitoba opening the door for improved dignostics and therapies at CancerCare Manitoba. We have both been gracious reciepients of foundation grants to move care forward in Manitoba.
Please Donate to this cause. I have set a goal of 500$ but I hope to exceed this goal significantly. Please help us in supporting care for Manitobans in Manitoba. All funds raised stay in the province. Secondly we are embarking on a revitalization of the research institute and your funds will help make Better Tomorrows.