When I went to TNNA earlier this year I was very impressed to learn about Cast Off Chemo! It's a charity organization with a unique mission - funding a nonprofit effort to raise funds for a clinical trial for a cancer treatment that wouldn’t involve chemotherapy. And to help spread the word, I've got a giveaway here on Moogly!
Now, I'm not a scientist, so I'll share how this all started in their own words:
Dr. David Krag, a research surgeon at the University of Vermont, has a promising immunotherapy treatment that must go to clinical trials before it can be FDA-approved. The technique uses the patient’s own antibodies to fight off the disease. Dr. Krag previously discovered the sentinel node tracer technique, which reduces the need for radical mastectomy and enables needle biopsy procedures. He is very committed to finding an alternative treatment for cancerous tumors. The treatment that he is trying to bring to clinical trials uses the patient's own antibodies to fight off the disease: immunotherapy.
Cast Off Chemo! is a program under the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund, a nonprofit created by a family member of one of Dr. Krag’s patients. All the funds raised will go to the goal of raising $1 million for the clinical trial. This is groundbreaking stuff - the ability to fight cancer without chemo!
And the yarny connection? Linda Krag is Dr. David Krag's sister-in-law, and the Owner/President of Denise Interchangeables! And many designers, authors, teachers, and yarny people have joined the cause.
There are lots of options to help support them too. You can also donate directly at CastOffChemo.org, or buy a variety of knit and crochet patterns for $5 from Cast Off Chemo!’s Ravelry store. The full $5.00 goes to Cast Off Chemo! New patterns are being added all the time.
Or you can join in the Buy the Best special Ebay Auction happening right now! There are gorgeous yarns, knitting needles, crochet sets, subscriptions, notions, totes, online classes, and lots of other great surprises! The auction ends October 11th, so get over there right away!
Please consider doing what you can to help Cast Off Chemo! We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and more treatment options is a very good thing. Cast Off Chemo! is an all-volunteer effort, and all donations are tax deductible.
And to help get you excited, and spread the word, I'm offering 5 of the special CDs created just for this cause. "Between the Stitches" is an album of piano music by Peter Krag, son of Dr. David Krag! As is Jessie at Home - stop by her giveaway for more chances to win!
The "Between the Stitches" giveaway on Moogly is open worldwide, and ends 10/13/15 at 12:15am Central US time. Five winners will be chosen. To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You may need to use a desktop if you have trouble on mobile. Only the email address is mandatory, all other options are for bonus entries only.