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Mlle./Miss Kathryn Djordjevic

Goal: $1,500.00
Achieved: $1,052.00


Donate to my journey and make this Weekend matter!


The Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ is a 2-day, 60-kilometre or 1-day 32-kilometre walk through the neighbourhoods of Toronto. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m ready to do something bold and powerful in effort to end women’s cancers once and for all.  I have taken part in this walk before and am proud to be involved again.

My commitment is based on love for my fellow sisters, mothers, grandmas, daughters, nieces, and friends everywhere. It’s based on the realization that we each need to do our part in this fight. I can walk. I can raise funds to benefit the The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – a leader in the fight against all women's cancers. I can and choose to be a part of this movement to take down women’s cancers!

In the last few months, 2 important breakthroughs have clearly demonstrated how our donors directly help the research and fight against cancer:

1. June 18 2013: Dr. Tak Mak and fellow researcher Dr. Dennis Slalom from UCLA submitted an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the Food and Drug Administration for a new drug which was developed based on their research of a target enzyme, PLK4, which plays a crucial role in the process of cell division, particularly in cancer cells. "We have been able to progress this project from our initial scientific observations through the complex stages of drug discovery and development to the point where we will shortly be able to test a drug in patients. It is extremely rare for an academic group to have discovered and advanced a novel "first-in-class" drug candidate to this level, and it would not have been possible without the fundamental support provided by donors."

2. July 15, 2013: Scientists led by Drs. Mona Gauthier and Tak Mak at The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have solved a key piece in the puzzle of how BRCA1 gene mutations specifically predispose women to breast and ovarian cancers. The answer, says Dr. Mak in research published today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, is found in the way estrogen rushes in to “rescue” cells whose healthy functioning has been altered by oxidative stress, a well-established factor in cancer development. Without estrogen, these damaged cells would die a natural death and not threaten the host in the long run, but with estrogen, these cells not only survive, but thrive and develop breast and ovarian cancers. In Canada, about 1,000 women die from BRCA1-related cancers every year.  He says: “Our research confirms that anti-estrogens can delay the onset of breast and ovarian cancers in carriers of BRCA1 mutations. Thus, the challenge is finding a way to block the antioxidant activity of estrogen without affecting its other activities that are necessary for female health. Modification of this one aspect of estrogen function would disrupt this significant cancer-initiating process while maintaining the positive effects of this hormone.” 


I ask you to take a stance with me and join this life-saving adventure for all women. Be a part of my very personal journey - by giving, by walking with me, or simply by sharing my story with your circle of influence. Don’t stand back and think about what you could have done – take that first step today! Take a chance with me – we have the opportunity to change thousands of lives, beginning with our own.

This isn’t just my journey – it’s yours, too.
Make it a Weekend you’ll never forget. 

 

 

 

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