“Dancing For Hailey” Raising Thousands For Kids With Cancer

first_imgRandazzo’s Family Restaurant at 34th Street in Ocean City helps raise funds for “Dancing For Hailey” over Memorial Day weekend. (Photo courtesy Dana Linthicum) By Maddy Vitale Hailey Parker was a little girl who loved to dance. She loved ice cream. She loved amusement rides. Above all, she loved her family and friends.In 2015, after a courageous fight, she lost her battle with brain cancer at age 11.Those dear to her, and even hundreds of others who didn’t even know her, will celebrate her life and her strength and hope to make a difference for others who suffer from pediatric cancer during “Dancing For Hailey,” a block party with music, food and demonstrations to raise money for pediatric cancer.Hailey Parker with her dog. (Hailey Parker Facebook Page)The fundraiser, in its fourth year, will be held Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eighth Street between Ocean and Wesley avenues in front of The Dance Place, 618 East Eighth Street in Ocean City.“Dancing For Hailey” was created by Hailey’s mother, Kim Parker, of Newtown Square, Pa., and Dana Linthicum, of Ocean City, who is the chairwoman of the event committee.Proceeds will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.“It is a super fun day to celebrate all the things that Hailey loved,” Linthicum said. “She loved her family. She loved ice cream and dancing and being with her friends. She loved the rides and being outside in the sunshine. What could be more fun?”Hundreds of children and their families came out for “Dancing For Hailey” in 2018. (Photo by Kerri J Photography)During the fundraiser, there will be a dance party with a DJ, frozen treats, a silent auction of goods and services, face painting, pizza, snow cones, and other goodies donated by local businesses. An array of merchant tables with cool items for purchase from jewelry to custom made T-shirts will also line the streets.Members of the Ocean City Fire Department will give demonstrations and the Ocean City Nor’easters soccer team will add excitement to the event. Afterwards, anyone who purchases wrist bracelets will receive one hour of free rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.Over the last three years, the “Dancing For Hailey” events have raised more than $52,000. And like years past, local businesses and homes in Ocean City raise funds over the Memorial Day weekend in partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stands for Hailey’s event.Kids help out at an Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Hailey Parker at Local Gym on Asbury Avenue on Saturday.Over Memorial Day weekend, stands were set up at locations throughout the resort. Acme at Eighth Street, Randazzo’s Family Restaurant at 34th Street, Local Gym on Asbury Avenue and a host of residents shared in the generous activity to raise money for Hailey’s event.Linthicum said close to $2,000 was raised this year from the lemonade stands, and the number was growing Sunday afternoon.“Every dollar makes a difference. I don’t like to put a financial goal because any money we raise is greatly appreciated,” she said. “If we hit certain goals, that is great.”Linthicum said the fundraiser wouldn’t be possible without the help of about 13 other volunteers on the committee. She also said there is an outpouring of assistance by the community.“Tons of people help out the day of the event,” Linthicum stressed. “Altogether, there are a lot of people working on it and contribute their time.”Lifelong friends Kim Parker, left, Hailey’s mom, and Dana Linthicum started “Dancing For Hailey” four years ago.Kim Parker, who is married and has a young son, and Linthicum, a married mother of two young girls, met in Ocean City as summer residents when they were young girls. They remained close.While Hailey lived in Newtown Square, Pa., she loved Ocean City and visited her grandparents in the resort every summer.Parker remarked, with a tear in her eye during the block party in her daughter’s honor last year, that it truly touched her how the community showed such compassion and generosity to help keep Hailey’s memory alive and contribute to a cause for children battling cancer.Even as Hailey was fighting for her own life, she raised $527 with friends and cousins at front yard lemonade stands and gave the funds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.Dancing was just one of many fun things to do at the 2018 fundraiser in Hailey’s honor.By holding the fundraiser, it is a way to carry on what Hailey started, spreading awareness of the need to donate to causes for childhood cancer research.This year, however, Parker also wants some of the money from the June fundraiser to go to an adult.Joy Geller, an Ocean City married mother of young children, who is battling breast cancer, will receive some of the proceeds.“Kim (Parker) wanted to make a donation to her,” Linthicum said. “The Gellers have always been big supporters of this event and so, at Kim’s request, we will be giving to Joy’s GoFundMe page as Joy fights her fight.”For more information, email [email protected] or visit the “Fight Like Hail” Facebook page in Hailey Parker’s honor or www.alexslemonade.org.Joy Geller, of Ocean City, with her family. She is battling breast cancer. (photo credit Joy Gellar GoFundMe page)last_img read more

Dietary link found to drug-resistant breast cancer

first_img The dietary factor Flight attendants have higher rates of breast, uterine, other cancers Drug resistance is the leading cause of death in women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, the most common form of the disease. Now, researchers have identified an ordinary dietary element that may increase the chances of a breast cancer becoming drug-resistant.The connection of the amino acid leucine — found in foods such as beef, pork,  chicken, fish, dairy products, and beans — to drug resistance raises hopes that a relatively simple intervention, like a shift to a low-leucine diet, can reduce the incidence of drug resistance, which is responsible for a large portion of the roughly 40,000 breast cancer deaths every year.The work also raises the possibility that a drug could be developed to mirror the effects of that dietary restriction, by blocking cells’ ability to take in leucine from the surrounding environment.Senthil Muthuswamy, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the cell biology program at the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said scientists in his lab have already begun experiments with mice to see whether dietary changes can make a difference in the disease’s course. They’re also exploring whether an experimental drug already in clinical trials for another purpose can block tumor cells’ ability to take up leucine.“A lot of women are dying because of this condition,” Muthuswamy said. “So if you can have any impact on that cohort, whether it is through a drug or simple dietary manipulations combined with some other treatment, that would be huge. I would be ecstatic.”The research was led by Muthuswamy and funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It was conducted by team that included research fellow Yasuhiro Saito, first author of a paper published recently in the journal Nature, and colleagues from Beth Israel, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Keio University in Japan, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, and the University of Toronto. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. New weapon against breast cancer Molecular marker in healthy tissue can predict a woman’s risk of getting the disease, research says Relatedcenter_img Could a popular food ingredient raise the risk for diabetes and obesity? Race bias seen in breast-cancer screening Current guidelines can delay diagnosis in nonwhite women, analysis says The potential interventions would apply to estrogen-receptor-positive, or ER+, breast cancer, which accounts for about 70 percent of the approximately 260,000 annual cases in the U.S. ER+ breast cancer cells are nurtured by the hormone, so estrogen-blocking drugs such as tamoxifen have been developed to stop their growth and spread.But, Muthuswamy said, resistance to tamoxifen and other estrogen-blocking drugs is a major cause of recurrence and metastases. Once resistance can keep any of the available estrogen-blocking drugs from working, death usually follows in two to three years.“It’s really a horrible state at that point,” Muthuswamy said. “I was driven by that and trying to see if this would provide any insight into endocrine resistance, because I’m very interested in trying to help those patients.”Muthuswamy and his team found that tamoxifen-resistant breast cancer counters the drug’s effects by increasing its intake of leucine, an amino acid that the body normally uses to make proteins and that must be consumed in food. In experiments on mice seeded with tamoxifen-resistant breast cancer cells, researchers found that blocking leucine from entering the cells resulted in the resistant tumors shrinking.The work grew out of a general investigation of how ER+ breast cancer cells respond to a stressful environment. Researchers first found that cells increased their use of leucine, and as the scientists explored the relationship between leucine and breast cancer cells, they found that a molecule called SLC7A5 on the cell surface plays a key role by transporting leucine from the surrounding environment into the cells.They also found that when leucine was scarce in the environment, cells moved more SLC7A5 to the cell surface, and that tamoxifen-resistant cells had more SLC7A5 on their surface than nonresistant cells did. Cells with extra SLC7A5 on their surface were able to grow and divide even in leucine-poor environments.In addition to the follow-up clinical research already begun, Muthuswamy said his lab is investigating basic science questions, such as the mechanism by which leucine nourishes cancer cells and how the transporter molecule SLC7A5 moves from within the cell to the cell surface.Muthuswamy said he is excited by the findings and by the prospect that positive results in the next phase of investigation could result in the rapid transition to the clinic of a new tool to fight ER+ breast cancer. Oncologists, he said, are routinely asked by patients whether a particular diet will help, and perhaps they will soon be able to give a more hopeful answer.“Invariably, almost all physicians tell them, ‘Just eat a healthy diet,’” Muthuswamy said. “Managing endocrine resistance is one of the biggest clinical problems in breast cancer.” U.S.-focused analysis suggests need for stronger protection against radiation, researchers saylast_img read more

University student becomes first suspected case of coronavirus in Maluku

first_imgA 19-year-old university student from Sifnana village, Tanimbar Islands regency, Maluku, has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus. The student, identified only as BN, arrived in Ambon on Feb. 7, in poor health following a visit to Malaysia, which has had 19 confirmed coronavirus cases. He has been treated at the Magretty Saumlaki public hospital in the Tanimbar Islands since Wednesday. “As of now, [BN] is a suspected coronavirus patient,” Tanimbar Islands Health Agency head Edwin Tomasoa said on Thursday.  He added that while awaiting the test results from a laboratory in Surabaya, East Java, the patient would be quarantined in the hospital’s isolation room for the next 14 days. The patient will only be allowed to leave the facility if the test comes back negative. Read also: Coronavirus scare triggers stigma against students, Chinese IndonesiansMagretty Saumlaki public hospital director Fulfully Ch. Nuniary explained that the physical examination showed that the patient was in a stable condition and had not exhibited further symptoms. Nuniary said that BN had complained of having difficulty breathing but that those symptoms had since subsided.She added that when the patient was asked about his medical history, he mostly complained about back pain. “Tomorrow we will ask for [medical] equipment from Ambon to deliver sputum samples to Surabaya. We will wait for the laboratory results,” she said. “I ask residents not to worry, but remain alert, because right now this is still only a suspected [case].” As of Thursday, there were no confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia. (ydp)Topics :last_img read more