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Sunday, October 7, 2012

HUGE, Wonderful News

Thank You to our donors for your generosity to the Katie Gerstenberger Endowment for Solid Tumor Research.

 update on the endowment’s growth:  
Due to your generosity and market growth,  
as of March 31, 2012, the market value of the endowment is $167,373. This is a great increase over March 2011, when the total was $140,554. Thank you!

 what we are doing with the endowment’s income:  last summer, Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Research Institute opened the Center for Childhood Cancer Research (recently re-named the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research in memory of the son of our friends, Carin and Jeff Towne. You can learn more about the Townes’ work at
Dr. Michael Jensen, the director of the new center, is a man of vision, passion and compassion, who is pioneering the use of T-cells to kill cancer, rather than toxic chemotherapy and radiation. His work is a promising new kind of treatment, which has just (last week) received approval from the FDA to commence clinical trials! 
No chemotherapy, no radiation, no harmful side effects nor long-term disability, no secondary cancers - this is a treatment protocol of which we have dreamed for many years, and it is about to begin.
The income from the Katie Gerstenberger Endowment for Cancer Research is funding this work. Your contributions are supporting research to change the way cancer is treated – for the better.

an invitation to see what your donations are accomplishing:  Dr. Jensen has kindly offered to conduct a private tour of the research center (in downtown Seattle at 1100 Olive Way) for our endowment's friends and donors on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 1:00 P.M.  If you would like to tour the center, meet Dr. Jensen and learn more about the research our endowment is supporting, please let me know by emailing me at We would love to share this experience with you, and we need to know how many are planning to join us.

We are profoundly grateful to be participating in this research, and grateful to you for your donations, which are making this possible.

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