Saturday, August 12, 2006

More TV celebrities

In the last couple of days, two very important people were on TV talking about cancer. The first was DavidE, a fellow blogger who was on a local talk show here in Kansas City talking about prostate cancer. I missed the live show, but was able to watch the video of it online. He did a great job talking about the disease and helping to raise awareness. He seemed so relaxed in front of the cameras. I'm glad there are people out there like this, because if I had to go on TV and talk about cancer ... well, does anyone remember when Cindy Brady got to go on that game show and then completely freaked out as soon as the red light turned on on the camera? That would be me.

Anyway, the video is no longer available online, but David is hoping to put up his own video on his blog soon, so check back.

Last night, NBC Nightly News featured Kathy Giusti, founder of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Giusti was diagnosed with myeloma 10 years ago, when she was in her mid-30s. She and her sister started the foundation a couple of years later, which has since raised over $60 million for myeloma research. It's also changed the way research is conducted so that new drugs can be developed faster. Thanks in part to the MMRF, there have been three new myeloma drugs introduced in the past five years. The news story was great; you can read it and watch the video here.

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