Fight against Pancreatic Cancer

365 Rounds

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Event Details
Date & Time

Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Location

2101 route Trans-Canada, Dorval (QC) H9P 1J1

Contact

Filomena Simeone
fightpancreaticcancerjgh@gmail.com

Event Description

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For more information and to support this event, please visit:

https://jghfoundation.crowdchange.co/8986

***Please take note of corrected event address: Monster Gym, 2101 route Trans-Canada, Dorval, QC H9P 1J1***



To understand Filomena's pancreatic cancer journey, read on…

I have always been eager, excited and methodical when it came to tackling life's curveballs. I am a wife, a mother, and a fighter. Despite overcoming my share of obstacles, nothing could prepare me for the diagnosis that I would receive in September 2017. After having experienced a myriad of symptoms and exacerbating pain, the doctors at the Jewish General Hospital informed me that I had a mass in my pancreas.

The next morning, I was introduced to Dr. Tsafrir Vanounou and his exceptional team. He had a clear game plan: MRI, then liver biopsy, followed by ERCP stent placement between my bile duct and liver. Once all the results were in, the truth came knocking on my door. There I was, Filomena Simeone, at the ripe age of fifty-two, faced with my biggest challenge to date: stage four pancreatic cancer.

I stared outside on that beautiful day with the sun glaring into my hospital room, all noises were tuned out. I just went deaf. I had blocked out all voices from the hospital staff. I had to steer away from all the sobbing from family and friends because I knew this wasn't the end of my story.

After being informed by Dr. Vanounou that I was not a candidate for surgery, he introduced me to my oncologist, Dr. Petr Kavan, who gave me the option of chemotherapy combined with immunotherapy. Although I was familiar with chemotherapy, it was the first that I was hearing about immunotherapy. In short, it is the intravenous injection of chemical agents that are used to boost one's own immune system in order to fight cancer cells. This course of action is part of an ongoing clinical trial performed at the Jewish General Hospital.

It has been a steep uphill battle with eight months of chemotherapy and one year and a half (and counting) of immunotherapy. The mass in my pancreas is currently undetectable by CT and PET scans. This means that it is safe to say that the tumor has been considerably reduced!

I believe in my heart that being on the immunotherapy treatment truly saved my life. It allowed me to beat the odds. More than half of all pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed at stage four with a five-year survival rate of only 3%. By 2020, pancreatic cancer is expected to be the second leading cause of death by cancer. I am one of the very few lucky people to successfully fight pancreatic cancer and be able to continue to share my story with you all in order to raise awareness.

In order to make this treatment more accessible to others who have been diagnosed with this life-threatening disease, and to finally develop a cure, I have decided to host a fundraiser geared towards research in pancreatic cancer, benefitting the Jewish General Hospital.

I am organizing a boxing event including two-minute rounds for those who wish to fight professional fighters, or who wish to challenge their friends! Who knows, you may even find yourself in the ring with Otis Grant!

100% of proceeds will go to researchers who work tirelessly to make sure that pancreatic cancer is KO (knocked out) for good!

Please consult https://jghfoundation.crowdchange.co/8986 for instructions on how to participate, or email us at fightpancreaticcancerjgh@gmail.com for any questions.

- Filomena Simeone