Fighting Back Against Cancer

Getting a cancer diagnosis is devastating. Dealing with the new life one has to face thereafter is equally traumatic.  Making appointments, going through chemotherapy, telling loved ones – there is so much to encounter, and it all comes at once.  When one is the main caretaker for a family member dealing with cancer, or having to face it themselves, it seems like a very dark non-ending tunnel.

But thankfully, a lot has changed over the years and there really is hope.  There is support.  There is better (and less traumatic) treatment.  There are also many organizations throughout the nation that have been there for thousands of people facing this same issue.

James Donovan, Goldman Sachs has unfortunately seen loved ones (a good friend and a brother) fight the battle against cancer.  Through the years that Donovan was there for these people, he found tremendous support via the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute. Established in 1947 by Sydney Faber, today this foundation has expanded to be able to support 450,000 people each year.  As well as getting backing from both the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dana-Faber still needs more.  As such, it seeks out donations from individuals and other related-foundations to supplement its research and clinic funds.

James Donovan found this Institute to be a great place to start for those who want to “do something” in the battle against cancer.  As a member of the Board of Trustees now, he advocates for backing this foundation as a first step.

Cancer does not have to be the end of the line.  There is a way forward.  There are many cancer survivors who have benefited greatly from the support of the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute and other such foundations over the years.

Help for Those Diagnosed with Cancer

Certainly, when someone finds out that he has cancer, it is quite traumatic. He needs to know where to go and how to find the resources that will help him. One institution, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has been working since 1947 to help both children and adults. They offer the best treatment available, while also working non-stop on research to find cures for the many cancers that are out there today.

Their blog helps to bring the larger-than-life issue of cancer to a more personal level. In a recent blog post, Maria Pearson wrote and article entitled “7 Tips for Life After Stem Cell Transplant” in which she discussed her own diagnosis and experience of going through stem cell transplantation. She writes excellent advice about coping with the process and moving forward.

In another recent post, James Donovan, a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, writes about losing his close friend to cancer. As a result of his experience, Donovan went on to sit on the Board of Directors for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Board of Directors. He is also a member of The Lark Center for Genitourinary Oncology and he established the Christy and Jim Donovan Fund for Prostate Cancer Research at Dana-Farber with his wife.

Certainly, these types of blog posts can help those who are struggling with cancer and can offer more information and insight to those in need.