Welcome to our RUNX1 Research Program X-Out Cancer Challenge! The Challenge Campaign is designed to promote healthy habits while raising awareness and funds for finding a cure for the inherited blood cancer predisposition, RUNX1 Familial Platelet Disorder (RUNX1-FPD).
Obviously Andy, Emi and I want to X-Out Cancer, but having RUNX1-FPD is so much more than being predisposed to cancer. It causes a wide range of other issues/illnesses before it causes cancer and those issues greatly affect our everyday lives. We're sick of cancer, but we're also sick of sitting out! We can't always participate in fun games due to the risks of bleeding/bruising and lately, we've been missing out on all sorts of activities because of stomach issues.
Since diagnosis, we've worked hard (but slowly) to make incremental changes to prevent cancer, but also to improve our daily lives and minimize symptoms caused by all the other conditions associated with RUNX1. For the Challenge, we've decided to X-Out carbonation (including our favorite carbonated beverages: sparkling wine, beer, diet wild cherry Pepsi and 7-Up) for the entire month of February to X-Out sitting out due to stomach issues.
We'd love to hear what you're going to X-Out in February to stand with us and we hope you'll support our health goal with a donation to our campaign. Even a small gift will help RRP get to their big campaign goal of $20,000 - they've done (and continue to do) a lot to help our family and the money raised will help us even further with more research and more programs to improve the lives of those of us living with RUNX1-FPD.
Thank you so much - Love Teresa, Andy & Emi Berg
The RUNX1 Research Program's main goal is cancer prevention. Individuals with RUNX1-FPD are 30x more likely to develop blood cancer than the general population. RRP invests in trying to understand why some patients never get sick while others do. Nearly all cancers have an environmental component, so the potential for prevention exists. It is well-established that moving more, eating healthier foods and living lower-stress lives contributes to better health outcomes. Positive habits of body and mind are tangible ways to help improve your health and stave off cancer. To learn more about the RUNX1 and the RRP, visit www.runx1-fpd.org.