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Team is supporting Team Erica's Entourage in the PMC and your donation will count towards Team Erica's Entourage's fundraising goal. Click "Continue" to to support Team and Team Erica's Entourage's goal. Team's fundraising effort is going towards the Erica Kaitz LMS Research NOW Fund
The Kaitz Family and team captains Judy Adler, Barbara Epstein, Todd Langton and Alan Starr have established Erica's Entourage in honor of Erica Kaitz. Erica was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma ("LMS") in late, June. LMS is a rare cancer and falls within those cancers and other diseases known as "orphan" diseases. Orphan diseases are those that, as a result of their rarity, are not likely to attract significant research activity or dollars. The Erica Kaitz LMS Research NOW Fund at Dana Farber was formed and started its work in October, 2012. With your generous support, we hope to raise more than $1 Mil for this Fund at this year's PMC, adding to the more than $150,000.00 previously committed.
Erica Kaitz has been a mainstay of the PMC for over 20 years, starting as a rider and moving on to full time PMC staff as volunteer coordinator, Provincetown coordinator, first Kid's Ride coordinator and running Special Events. Since leaving the full time staff several years ago, Erica remained as a volunteer on the Head Staff and has run the Heavy Hitter and Check Presentation Events for the past 10 years or so. She has given much to the PMC and never expected to have to ask for anything in return.
The Fund will enable a multi-pronged research program coordinated by George Demetri, head of the Sarcoma Team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a multi-year PMC rider. George was one of the primary founders of gleevec, which has proven to be a magic bullet for GIST, a different type of sarcoma. The goal of the Fund is to find a similar magic bullet for LMS and will be working with George and others at DFCI and elsewhere at our great medical and scientific institutions to try and solve the mystery of LMS. The medical community has limited knowledge of LMS and no effective treatment to reverse it.
Please join us in this endeavor and let's work PMC magic and facilitate scientific breakthroughs that will enable Erica, and others, to achieve remission!
We appreciate your time, positive energy and economic support of the Fund and our efforts. Please give generously and help save lives. There is no higher deed that can be done. Thank you so very much!
Judy, Barbara, Todd, Alan and The Kaitz Family
To make a gift electronically, please click on the Box marked "Donate to My Ride", click on any of the riders listed below, or mail your check payable to "PMC/Jimmy Fund" to; Erica's Entourage, 500 Atlantic Avenue, 18P, Boston, MA 02210
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