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Hope Tour Receives Hope from Dr. Lee Hartwell

Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recove

Will someone please find a cure for cancer? Will someone please discover the cause for childhood cancers? 

Meeting Dr. Lee Hartwell on the Hope Tour at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center was a time that filled me with hope! I won’t ever forget thinking about how much time and how much hard work this incredible man has put into his life work. I will always be inspired– for the rest of my life– from my gift of time with him.

From Wikepedia

“Leland Harrison (Lee) Hartwell (born October 30, 1939, in Los AngelesCalifornia) is former president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. He shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Paul Nurse and R. Timothy Hunt, for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division (duplication) of cells.
When cells with nuclei divide, they divide in phases called G1 (growth), S (synthesis), G2 (growth), and M (mitosis). Nurse, Hartwell and Hunt together discovered two proteins, cyclin and CDK (cyclin dependent kinase), that control the transition from one stage to another. These proteins are called checkpoints, because they check whether the cell has divided properly. If the cell doesn’t divide correctly, other proteins will attempt to repair it, and if unsuccessful, they will destroy the cell. If a cell divides incorrectly and survives, it can cause cancer and other serious diseases.
Working in yeast, Hartwell identified the fundamental role of checkpoints in cell cycle control, and CDC genes such as CDC28, which controls the start of the cycle — the progression through G1.

Dr. Lee Hartwell!

Time with Dr. Lee Hartwell–

It was no everyday conversation… it used common words in an uncommon way.  I sat across the small conference table from Dr. Lee Hartwell.  His humble demeanor and heartfelt warmth somewhat disguised the fact that he is an extremely highly respected researcher and Nobel Laureate.  However, his brilliance and deep, careful thoughts revealed just why he is so highly noted.  He is a man whose gentle, yet strong, presence I felt from the moment he walked through the sliding doors at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  It was in a small conference room where I received the honor of talking with him for about 45 minutes. 

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Dr. Lee Hartwell

I was in awe to be speaking with a man of such wisdom, humility, and yes, grace.  Starting off with genuine words about my book, Dr. Hartwell explained how much it meant to him and how it had impacted his current thinking.  Wow….to influence someone of the caliber at which he thinks is truly a remarkable privilege.  After a short time, the conversation shifted.  I couldn’t resist asking him about his research, which I had read about in detail the night prior.  I was curious about what the accomplishments in his studies meant to him personally.  I was enlightened and inspired by his reply.  He talked about the joy of “getting lost in the woods”…that is, the journey of his life and research as opposed to an end goal. 

I thought of my cancer journey, my future, and it all clicked.  The joy of traveling, not reaching….the joy of discovering, not knowing….the joy of wandering in the “woods” and loving every second of it.  I left that room spiritually encouraged, excited, and inspired.  I will have Dr. Hartwell’s tender, wise words with me always.

Hope Tour Day 13 Video Part I

Loving our time in Seattle on my Make-A-Wish Hope Tour!

 

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The Blanket Fairy

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer And Recovery

I want to thank Britta Fleeson for the very first nomination– The Blanket Fairy— for the Big Heart Red Carpet Award for this National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month of September.  I find this fascinating… it is just as I had imagined… The Blanket Fairy would never show up to any award ceremony because he/she operates anonymously.  I will admit that I have had the extreme honor and pleasure of meeting The Blanket Fairy, but I have sworn to keep the identity of this loving and talented person a secret.

It’s okay Blanket Fairy— it just makes all of us love you even more. Would you like to know what The Blanket Fairy does? He/she donates soft blankets of love to children fighting pediatric cancer.  He/she follows blogs, Facebook and sites like CaringBridge to notice if a certain child needs a lift and then contacts that child’s parents about a gift that their child would enjoy. Warm, soft blankets played a huge role in my healing!!!  To receive something like this must be a wonderful moment that lasts and lasts for a child with cancer.

What a perfect nomination!

Would you like to volunteer to help The Blanket Fairy in  some way?

http://theblanketfairy.weebly.com/volunteer-fairies.html

Do you have more nominations?

Everyone have their gold ribbons on?

Just checking.

Love you Braden!

For anyone asking me, “Melinda, why the heck won’t you be still about all this childhood cancer stuff?”   I can’t.  You see, each day, children die from cancer.  It’s horrifying to me that it takes so long for childhood cancers to be detected.  It’s unfathomable to try to comprehend why childhood cancer receives so little funding in comparison with adult cancers.  Less than 2% of federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancer research. This first video does an excellent job of helping you understand this point; the second one reminds us all that time is short, that life is precious, that we all have to give sacrificially until we find a cure.  Please give generously from your resources.

The Pie: Childhood Cancer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjp1es04qgE&sns=fb

Michael Tells it as it is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW20UOk4sqU&feature=share

 

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