We just recognized World Cancer Day on February 4th, but for most cancer patients and families, every single day is a remembrance of their cancer: rituals of doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy treatments and unbearable side effects are repeated just as they were the day before.
The Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation is working to give cancer patients a new day. The research you fund, conducted at three world-renowned institutions, advances a life-changing cancer treatment invented by John Kanzius. Every day, cancer patients stand strong and face the same process. While I’m inspired to see the great amount of strength each and every cancer patient possesses, it burdens me to face a reality where current treatments are not providing the best life possible for those in the fight.
During the State of the Union Address last month, President Obama stated, “Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally-financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched.” Realizing that the top elected official of the free world understands the importance of what we’re doing makes a huge difference each and every day. But you already knew that. Your actions have shown that you believe that this IS “the world’s most promising cancer treatment!”
World Cancer Day is our chance to stand united while applauding and recognizing the tremendous strength of cancer patients. It also gives us an opportunity to look forward to a day where cancer treatments do not initiate harmful side effects. On World Cancer Day, everyone, not only those diagnosed, can spread awareness – showing the world that cancer and its treatments do not have to be devastatingly harmful. This is the day where the entire world can come together and take responsibility for reducing the effects of this disease.
February 18th marks the third year since John Kanzius’ passing. Although I never met him personally, I am confident that he would be proud of the strides and accomplishments that both the research and the Kanzius Foundation have made since his passing. Most recently, the Kanzius/Curley Research Team, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, had their work published in the scientific journal, Biomaterials, recognizing them as the first group in the world to prove the delivery of nanoparticles to the nucleus of a cancer cell. This is vitally important to the research of the Kanzius Noninvasive Radiowave Cancer Treatment because DNA resides in the nucleus. By destroying the DNA of a cell with radiowaves, you stop the life of the cancer! Yes, this is great news and worthy of celebration. And yet with this progress, the day-to-day life of a cancer patient still remains the same – a fact that would deeply sadden John Kanzius, and deeply burdens me.
The research moves forward, there is more awareness and progress is made. But more than ever, our beloved friends and families are counting on us to give them that new day. Now, more than ever, we need your continued support to make “the world’s most promising cancer treatment” a reality.
MARK A. NEIDIG SR. is executive director of the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation (MNeidig@Kanzius.org).