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MAKING WAVES Donors think of Kanzius Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 6, 2011

The concept of electing to undergo a double mastectomy, when diagnosed with what is essentially “stage zero” cancer, is one that is foreign to most women.

However, as comedian Wanda Sykes revealed recently on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” it is a reflection of the frightening nature of cancer, and all of the associated and often painful treatments for this deadly illness. Sykes, who opted for a double mastectomy this year after being diagnosed with a form of breast cancer, is not alone in her fear of cancer metastasizing and spreading. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, unfortunately, the news is full of similar stories. But a story does not have to involve a celebrity or be in the media to be relevant or extremely urgent.

Ten years ago, I lost my sister-in-law, Tina Marie, to breast cancer that metastasized to her liver. Recently, in my hometown of Plymouth, Ind., a close friend, a male who is a prominent business owner and hospital board president went public with his diagnosis of breast cancer. He has begun chemotherapy treatments.

Why all the hype? Because breast cancer, a seemingly treatable disease, can often mean rounds of intensive chemotherapy and radiation. The side effects of these traditional treatments are usually very difficult to bear.

As you read this, you’re likely thinking about your own encounter with breast cancer, or any kind of cancer for that matter, or the encounter that your friends or family have had with this horrible disease. It is because of these individuals that there is so much excitement in the media community about noninvasive cancer treatments.

One of the major treatments being researched today, in leading cancer laboratories around the country, is the one developed by John Kanzius, the broadcast engineer and inventor who succumbed to leukemia in 2009 after a heroic battle using traditional cancer therapy. He is the inspiration behind the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation and the inventor of the Kanzius noninvasive radio wave cancer treatment.

The foundation has long been supported by individuals nationwide who believe there is a better way to treat this devastating disease. They understand the need for meticulous and multiple testing. They feel the urgency for their loved one, so they act.

And, their actions have an immediate impact on the Kanzius Foundation. A few weeks ago, Erie-based Lilly Broadcasting’s 4th Annual Community for Kanzius Telethon raised $192,844.97. In August, a record number of donors contributed nearly $23,000 to the Kanzius Foundation during the “ErieGives” fundraising event. Jim Brown of Nashville, Tenn., who lost his wife to cancer in February, began raising money four weeks ago to compete in the Cape Cod Marathon. Jim has already raised more than $9,000 to benefit the research.

The action of donating validates the national wave of promise in the Kanzius Noninvasive Radiowave Cancer Treatment and makes research possible. We are sick of cancer and we despise the harsh side effects of the treatments. We all want a better way.

We will continue to raise funding and awareness for this treatment to move it toward the U.S. Food and Drug Administration process and to the initial human trial phase.

There is no better time than now, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to reflect and act. Together, we’ll prove that there’s a better way to treat cancer!

MARK A. NEIDIG SR., is executive director of the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation (