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The family and friends of David Hanna are uniting to raise money to help him win the battle against lung cancer. Please show your support!

On September 10th, 2011 on our 22nd year spent together anniversary; David and I were legally married thanks to NY State passing the Marriage Equality Act in July. Little did we know at the time that 5 months later David would be diagnosed with Squamous Cell Lung Cancer(NSCLC). We pursued the normal course of action and went to the Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, only to be told that the type of cancer David has does not respond well to chemotherapy and/or radiation. When asked what course of treatment they were going to use to help us fight this devestating disease, we were told the very treatments that are basically useless. In March 2011 I began researching ALTERNATIVE Cancer treatments around the world. We located one that we felt comfortable with after researching their site and speaking with a few of their patients that have had success in either achieving remission or all out elimination of the cancer from their body utilizing Immunotherapy as their choice of treatment. We left Rochester, NY on April 3rd and flew to West Palm Beach, FL where we told my parents the devestating news and that we were flying out of WPB the following Tuesday to go to this clinic we found. On April 10th, 2011 David checked into the Issels Clinic in Tijuana, B.C. Mexico where he underwent an intensive immunotherapy protocol where through photopheresis, the doctors there removed some of his blood and through a centrifuge collected the necessary immune cells needed to culture in their labs in order to make 6 different vaccines to help teach his body to attack the cancerous cells and tissues. As a result of this intensive treatment, David has for the most part improved dramatically. The first thing we noticed was the decline in his blood pressure to the point where he no longer needs to take hypertension drugs. The second thing was the bettering of his heart/pulse rate from 120 at rest down to upper 70's to low 80's. But the best thing that came out of the treatment was that his CEA which was 3.5 at the time we left the clinic and is well within the normal range of 0 to 5 has since returning home, decreased to 2.4 which signifies that his body DID respond to the treatments received. Unfortunately these treatments are expensive and are all out of pocket. Our initial visit in April for the 16 day hospital stay and vaccine protocols amounted to $38,000 US Dollars. We are now in the process of going back for the next round of treatment which is Stem Cell Therapy. The doctors feel after reviewing Davids latest blood work and the CT Scan that his cancer has stabilized and there has been NO increase in the size of the tumor nor has it metastesized. If we can meet our fundraising goal, the doctors will drill a small hole into David's tibia and withdraw a certain amount of bone marrow that contains all of the bodys Mother Cells that can be cultured in a lab and in conjunction with a Dendritic Cell Vaccine be re-introduced into the body to attack the tumor and cancerous cells and replace them with normal healthy tissue. I know a woman with metastatic breast cancer that spread to her lungs. She is from the UK and has also been to this clinic where she too had the first immunotherapy protocol performed successfully and in February of this year returned for the Stem Cell vaccine. She is cancer free and continues to do and feel well everyday. There are so many places outside of the US that offer different forms of alternative cancer treatment. It is unfortunate that as Americans we must seek treatment outside of this country, but the FDA still considers these treatments as "Experimental and Investigational." I made a commitment to my beloved that I would do whatever I could to keep him with me for as long as possible, no matter what the cost. We are not alone...there are many, many people out there that have the same disease that feel that their oncologists have their best interests at heart. Nothing could be further from the truth. It does not take someone of reasonable intelligence much to understand that fighting a disease in your body utilizing the bodys own defenses makes much better sense than to pump it full of foreign and toxic chemicals or raditation that does nothing but further weaken the body, compromise the immune system and in general cause an agonizing and premature death. When it comes to cancer, NO, is NEVER an OPTION!!!!

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