Sunday, April 17, 2016

Stop the Presses!

We were given the most wonderful creative writing challenge by the fabulous Becky from the Loving Libbie Memorial Foundation: What would the front page of the paper look like the day a cure for cancer is found? Incredible to even think about, much less write about, but we did and had a fantastic time doing it. 

First, we decided that it would take the whole world coming together to finally find the cure, and maybe that would be one team of doctors from each continent. Georgia drew the team captains on her own, and then we created specific backstories for each of them. We researched different languages and named our doctors translations of words like Hope and Warrior - some are even childhood cancer survivors! We also chose cities that had research centers that might participate in a project like this. And then we dreamed up the cure itself. And like Becky told me, now that we've written it down, we can manifest it and make the dream come true. It's coming, y'all. It really is.


Regardless of geography, culture, politics, or religion, all citizens of Planet Earth can put aside their differences today and celebrate this unprecedented moment of hope and joy. For the past 10 years, seven teams of researchers, one from each continent, have been working together in labs and hospitals across the globe to put an end to cancer once and for all – and today, they have done it. With the literal shot heard around the world, Team Seven For One announced that they have found The Answer to cancer and have cured every patient in their clinical trials. The Answer, also known as 741, uses aspects of immunotherapy to treat each patient according to their specific DNA. It is administered in a short series of seven shots, thus eliminating the need for patients to have ports implanted or undergo hours of IV infusions. The teams have achieved complete eradication of cancer cells of all types without damage to healthy cells and without surgery or radiation to remove or shrink solid tumors. There are no side effects from 741 - during or after treatment - and patients will return to their healthy lives within seven days of completing the seven shot protocol. In her remarks to the world press, Seven For One’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Valentina Esperanza Guerrero, said “Cancer is a global epidemic, and we knew that to finally defeat it, we had to come together as a global team with our minds, arms, and hearts wide open. We have shared ideas, triumphs, and failures, and now we can celebrate this incredible victory – for our team, for our patients, and for the entire human race.”

Joining Dr. Guerrero (Caracas, Venezuela) for today’s long-awaited announcement were Continental Team Captains: Dr. Donovan Neal (Boston, Massachusetts); Dr. Ekon Akinyemi (London, England); Dr. Amal Yilmaz (Ankara, Turkey); Dr. Kwizera Ntwali (Kigali, Rwanda); Dr. Bouddi Thomas (Sydney, New South Wales); and Dr. Daisuke Hiroyuki (Tokyo, Japan – for Team Antarctica). Drs. Neal and Akinyemi were especially motivated to participate in this historic project as they are both survivors of childhood brain tumors. Dr. Neal was diagnosed with medulloblastoma at age 5 and lost 70% of his hearing as a result of his treatment. At age 2, Dr. Akinyemi was diagnosed with a bilateral optic pathway glioma, which caused blindness in both eyes. In addition to saving lives with 741, Drs. Neal and Akinyemi were focused on eliminating the harsh effects traditional treatment caused patients and the late-effects that surfaced months, even years after patients were deemed cured. Joining them in this concentrated effort was Dr. Thomas, whose twin brother, Luka, died at the age of 6 after a four-year battle with neuroblastoma. While acknowledging that all cancers are the enemy, Dr. Guerrero closed by saying, “In curing childhood cancers, specifically, we are ensuring the health of our future innovators, researchers, and solvers of global problems. That, in itself, is an invaluable gift to the world, and one that everyone associated with Seven For One is very humbled to give.”

Continental Team Captains (L-R):
North America – Donovan Neal (Strong fighter, Champion)
Antarctica – Daisuke Hiroyuki (Great helper, Widespread happiness)
Europe – Ekon Akinyemi (Strong, Fated to be a warrior) 
South America – Valentina Esperanza Guerrero (Brave Hope Warrior)
Asia – Amal Yilmaz (Hope Dauntless)
Africa – Kwizera Ntwali (Hope Hero)
Australia – Bouddi Thomas (Heart Twin)

Thank you, Becky!

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