Other panel members include:
|Chair: John Lapook, MD (CBS)|
|Andrew Von Eschenbach, MD (ex FDA, ex NCI director)|
|Robert Hariri, MD, PhD (Celgene)|
|Ben Williams PhD (20 year GBM survivor)|
|John Boockvar, MD (Lenox Hill Hospital)|
|Colin Hill (GNS Healthcare)|
I'm thrilled, and somewhat stupefied, about the entire thing. I'm excited to be a part of this movement to demand change, to acknowledge the issues in our care, the issues in the system. I am slightly intimidated by my highly educated co-panel members, but as you know I am passionate and have quite a bit to say about the brain tumor system.
The free premier is on February 18th, a Wednesday. (There is also a London premier on Feb 4th for those across the pond). The reception begins at 6:00 pm, the showing begins at 7:00 pm, and the panel will follow the documentary. As I mentioned above, it's being held at the Lincoln Center (Walter Reade Theater). Also, there isn't a budget for a videographer to record and stream the panel, and I'm hoping to find a way to at minimum record the discussion and questions. I feel like it's very important to get the discussion documented for historical purposes, and to continue the momentum of change, to keep brain tumor fighters in the know. I've already gained permission by Dominic Hill, the producer/writer/director to record the panel, so if any of you have friends, or family, in the NYC area that have a videography background that would be willing to donate their time, and equipment, to record the panel it would be amazing! I realize it's a long shot, but it would be a profound gift. This is how we demand change, by spreading the word and working together. We know that the current treatments don't save our lives, but it doesn't have to be that way.
The charity couldn't afford to pay my travel and lodging, or any expenses for that matter, to NYC, but Dan and I felt that this opportunity was too powerful to pass up. Do you ever feel like you can't afford to do something, but in the same vein you can't afford not to? That is why both Dan and I will be flying to New York, and why we will be a part of this movement. I want change, I want to save lives, I want to stand up and be a part of the solution, even if it's difficult. Sometimes it takes risks, and sacrifice in order to help. This was never meant to be our whole lives, it was never meant to be a life purpose, but I feel like it chose me. And I know I can help. I know I can be a catalyst to redefine the brain cancer journey. Thank you to all of the people along the way that have helped pay for flights at times, donated air miles, or donated toward my treatments. Thank you for your love and your support, you have helped keep me alive, and you are the reason why I know I have to do this.
You have paid it forward to me, and now I will continue on in the same spirit. This is one hell of an opportunity. Seriously, how did I get this fortunate!?! I gotta go pinch myself...