Letter: A thank you to all those who made Friends of Jason Gould’s fundraiser another great success

By on September 29, 2011

Hi friends, family and all who made the Friends of Jason Gould’s 3rd annual fundraiser for leukemia and lymphoma research another great success Jason’s Hogfan Party was this past Saturday at the St Charles Moose.
I thought you might like to know that we have raised just around $22,000 to date. We will be sending a check to Dr. Rob Baiocchi at The Ohio State University’s cancer research center. Ohio is now the leading cancer research center in the United States for Hematologic cancers, but funding is down and gone for much research , and Dr Rob needs private funding from groups such as ours.

Dr Rob came this year with a really cool slide presentation showing how some of the studies he is working on are saving lives. He oversees every dollar that we donate to his lab, and he now includes, on all his publicized studies and articles around the world, the phrase: “This study was subsidized in part by The Friends of Jason Gould Foundation of St. Charles, Illinois.” How amazing is that? That means that your donations are saving lives at this moment. New protocols developed with the help of our money last year saved the lives of 12 terminally ill brain tumor patients!. They are now cancer free. Dr Rob comes each year to share his progress. Everyone really likes being able to ask him questions and just talk with him.

The vaccine to prevent the Epstein Barr virus( which is what caused Jason’s lymphoma—yes, viruses do cause cancer) is now headed to clinical trials and FDA approval. Dr. Rob and Ohio have partnered with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and a pharmaceutical company to manufacture the vaccine—the first of its kind. This vaccine could have saved Jason’s life and will surely do that for others in the years ahead.

Jason would be thrilled to hear this as his dream of helping others survive is being realized.

I know that many of you have donated to Dr. Rob’s work this year in Jason’s name, and we are all grateful to you for opening your heart and your pocketbook to support this brilliant and committed research scientist/physician. You may have donated an item for our silent auction/raffles, and we thank all of you for your support.

If you have not yet made a donation, please consider doing so, as we are unable to send Dr. Rob as much as last year. If leukemia or lymphoma are not diseases that you might necessarily support, please know that you are also supporting me, Jason, Jason’s family and friends, all the leukemia and lymphoma survivors that attended the party and people who might develop one of these horrible diseases. Whether it’s five dollars or 50 dollars, it all adds up.

Friends of Jason Gould Inc. is a registered 501c3 Not-for-Profit public charity, and your donation is tax deductible. You can donate using credit or debit cards on Jason’s website, www.friendsofjasongould.com, or you can send a check to Friends of Jason Gould at P.O. Box 467, Oswego, IL 60543.

In a tough economy, it is especially touching to have you do whatever you can. Please join us in supporting this incredible research.

Sandy Gould
Oswego, Ill.