Giving to cancer research saves people. I know that sounds obvious but it honestly can’t be said enough…
I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer on January 2, 2019 (The day before that my beloved Penn State Nittany Lions lost in the Citrus Bowl – needless to say, it was a rough couple of days). As you might imagine, when I heard the news my first thoughts were about death and what would happen to Stephanie and Leo if I passed. Before I fully understood what was happening, I was meeting with a surgeon and various doctors at Beth Israel to lay out a treatment plan. Even though I was still getting my head around the situation, one particular thing struck me about everyone involved in those visits: they were all incredibly calm and incredibly optimistic – why?
The treatment plan formulated by the team at Beth Israel consisted of two things: 1) thyroid surgery and 2) radioactive iodine treatment. After doing some research, I learned how thyroid surgery techniques have been studied and improved relentlessly over the last 150 years – in 1850, such surgeries were so dangerous (40% mortality rate) that most surgeons wouldn’t perform them - today thousands are successfully done every year. I also learned that radioactive iodine treatment was discovered and developed in the 1930s in Boston and is a highly specialized and effective form of treatment that has helped to successfully treat countless thyroid cancer patients over the last 90 years. Overall, the treatment plan that I would go through is one that has been continually refined and has proven to be effective over decades.
That explains why everyone on the team was so calm. They had seen this situation before and knew exactly how to successfully attack it. And while they would never say this about themselves, another big reason for optimism is that the team at the Beth Israel Cancer Center is absolutely world-class. I cannot stress that enough – professional, personable, and world-class in terms of the quality of their care. My care was handled entirely (Primary care, surgery, ongoing endocrinology) by the Beth Israel team and has been stellar from the start. The debt that my family & I owe this team cannot be quantified.
Since January 2nd, I’ve been a direct beneficiary of the advancement in the thyroid surgery and radioactive iodine treatment techniques outlined above – it literally has saved my life as of the moment that you’re reading this. The reality is that the research and development of these techniques over the past century were funded by someone. Countless people and institutions donated their money to help support a cause that would likely not yield results until decades afterwards – an incredible sacrifice that would benefit strangers that they would never meet, like Joe Perri.
Friends, I’m asking you to help me return the favor and to do the same for someone else down the road. I understand that there are a million things in life that are pulling at your wallet but cancer is not something that is going the be defeated by chance. Let’s support the Beth Israel Cancer Center together in fighting this battle.
Sincerely, thank you.
* Remember to submit donations to your employers as part of any donation matching programs. Info for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center listed below and feel free to let me know of any questions!
Organization Name: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Address: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Ave (OV), Boston, MA 02215
Tax ID: 04-2103881