UPDATE: Instead of the Detroit Half-Marathon (which I regrettably had to opt out of yesterday), I'll be running the Great Lakes Endurance Treetops Trifecta Half-Marathon in Gaylord, MI on Nov, 3rd. A minor setback, but I'm still committed to doing this and want to make sure that everyone is aware of this change of plans. Thank you for your support!
EXCITING NEWS! Thanks to an anonymous donor, all donations will be matched up to $5,000!
In early 2019, my father, Thomas Pope, was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma. Until recently this would have been a devastating diagnosis, however, due to immunotherapy treatments that my father has been receiving at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, we have seen improvements in his condition that have made us very hopeful.
Unlike chemotherapy, immunotherapy utilizes the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. As a relatively new treatment, immunotherapy is not always successful, and there are a host of factors that may impact its effectiveness, as well as potential side effects, that researchers at the Rogel Cancer Center are working diligently to understand.
I will be running the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon on October 20, 2019 to raise funds for the research that is being done on immunotherapy at the Rogel Cancer Center - research that has had a profoundly positive impact on my father’s diagnosis and has made us hopeful for the future. Any funds raised will go directly to the research being performed by my father’s physician, Dr. Christopher Lao, to facilitate ongoing developments and improvements with immunotherapy.
We are hopeful that work being done by researchers at the Rogel Cancer Center will continue to improve my father’s experience, as well as that of many others who have also been affected by advanced melanoma.
Thank you very much for any contributions you are willing to make towards ‘Miles for Melanoma Research!’