Volunteer Profile – Dr. Lawrence Tseu – Finish the Fight Friday

TseupicDr. Tseu graduated from St. Louis School, Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago and did his Dental Internship Training at Queens Hospital. He is an U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired dentist after 50 years of private practice in Honolulu Hawaii. Of his five children: there is a medical doctor, two dentists, an attorney, a dental hygienist and a special education teacher with a masters degree. His hobbies includes flying his airplane, big game hunting and collecting jade antiques.
He first became involved with the American Cancer Society in 2009 at the request of Jackie Young, former Chief Staff Officer for ACS Hawaii Pacific, to help fund a researcher whose ACS grant request was approved but on the “pay if” list waiting for funding. Dr. Tseu had a personal reason for his interest in this particular study on metastatic breast cancer, as that had been the cause of the loss of his wife. His generosity provided the necessary funds for that research to move forward and it continues to make progress today. Subsequently, he was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific and later asked to serve as the Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for Hope Lodge. He says that his faith and his wife’s legacy guide him to be a steward of his earthly blessings and to share with those who have less.
He is passionate about the need for Hope Lodge in Hawaii and says that without one some patients are forced into a “self-imposed death sentence” when they have to choose between traveling from the neighbor islands to receive necessary treatment or paying their rent or mortgage. “It’s a death sentence that is preventable,” he says.
Another reason for his commitment to the mission of the American Cancer Society is that his sister died from uterine cancer in the 60’s when there was only one type of chemotherapy for all and he finds hope in the advancements that have been made to provide targeted treatment to many types of cancer. He hopes that through the efforts of ACS and its thousands of volunteers we will be able to eliminate the unnecessary suffering and misery of a cancer diagnosis and give them HOPE.

Relay For Life 30 Years Strong May 17th

Relay Hilo GroupDid you know that Dr. Gordy Klatt walked 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, WA 30 years ago on May 17th 1985 to raise funds for cancer awareness and from that day started the worldwide movement we now know as Relay For Life? The High Plains Division will be celebrating the American Cancer Society Relay For Life 30th birthday on May 17, 2015. We ask that you join us in this celebration by taking one or more of the following actions:

* Light a luminaria in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend and place it in a visible spot near your home (i.e. front porch, window, line your driveway).

* Change your Facebook profile to a luminaria to honor Dr. Gordy Klatt or others who have been touched by cancer.

Relay for Life* Visit relayforlife.org or your local Relay For Life event website to purchase a luminaria in honor or in memory of a loved one who fought back against this disease. It is because of you and your efforts through Relay For Life which allow us to do the most to help people with cancer today. The American Cancer Society helps nearly 1 million people touched by cancer each year get the help they need when and where they need it. Our cancer information specialists answer questions, provide information, and refer people to community resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via phone (1.800.227.2345), email, and live online chats on cancer.org. We look forward to joining together on May 17th to celebrate Relay For Life – 30 years strong!

Research Works

American Cancer Society and Stand Up To Cancer announce lung cancer “Dream Team”

The American Cancer Society and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) have announced a new $20 million Lung Cancer “Dream Team,” comprising prominent researchers from eight leading institutions, focused on lung cancers with a mutation in a gene called “KRAS” (k-rass).
KRAS, or K-RAS, is a gene that, when mutated, might cause cancer or help it to grow. This is not an inherited mutation; it’s a spontaneous mutation that starts in a single cell, which then grows and multiplies.
KRAS mutations are common in lung cancers, but difficult to treat. The Dream Team brings together the unique specialties of targeted therapy and immunotherapy to devise a completely new approach.

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2015 research infographic