One of those things is to run a marathon. At the Battle of Marathon, the legend of the runner Pheidippides was born, as his running from Marathon to Athens declaring "We are victorious" and dying of exhaustion immediately. It was hailed as the farthest a man could run before he died.
Recently, the Life Raft Group began work on a survey project sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals designed to assess knowledge and practices among patients and physicians regarding mutational analysis and plasma level testing.
The Eighth Annual New York City Poker Tournament to benefit GIST research, held on September 22nd at the Midtown Loft and hosted by Board President Jerry Cudzil, was once again a tremendous success thanks to all of our supporters who came out to play for a cure. Jerry first began hosting the event in 2004, when his father-in-law and friend, Bill Roth, was battling GIST. Sadly, Bill lost his battle with GIST in 2008, but Jerry continues the fight and carries on Bill’s legacy – to find a cure.
CTOS is an international group of physicians and scientists with primary interest in the tumors of connective tissues including sarcomas and GISTs. The goal of the society is to advance the care of patients with these tumors and to increase knowledge of all aspects of the biology of these tumors, including basic and clinical research.
Many of us have been lucky enough to have reached a plateau of successful treatment, and in reaching this level, we may have become complacent about our care; but it is important to be proactive to ensure that we are receiving proper treatment.
Silvio Manzanares was a tireless fighter, a man with great courage and optimism, with a brilliant mind, the one who never said no when a doctor ordered a treatment or procedure, always an entrepreneur since he got sick in 2001.
Mervin L.Gangstead, 61, of Garland passed away on September 14, 2011 after a lengthy battle with GIST. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Gangstead; his sister, Vivian Nore; his devoted wife of 38 years, Carol; his beloved daughter, Stacey, son-in-law, Kyle Richardson, their two sons, Grant and Hayes; his beloved son, Steven, and daughter-in-law Alex.
Victoria S. Zuber, 62, entered into rest on September 12, 2011 at her home in Ripon. She was born December 3, 1948 in Alameda, CA to Silvio and Marie Simi. Victoria leaves behind her beloved husband of 42 years, Leo M. Zuber as well as her daughters, Randi Polanich and husband Jon of Glen Mills, PA and Robyn Udavi and husband Richard of Ripon. Victoria was blessed with five grandchildren, Ethan and Owen Polanich and Jazmin, Stephanie and Martin Udavi. She was a loving sister to Michael Simi and wife Cathy.
This is not an obituary you’ll be reading because I believe that Richard will never truly leave us. This is a celebration of his life, which lives on in the memories of his family and friends, done the best way I know to honor him—on paper.
Here are some photos from the 2011 Poker Tournament.