Team Samantha
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Welcome to the Team Samantha web site, established as part of our effort to recruit riders, volunteers and donors to join the second annual "Geared Up for Kids" Ride on Sunday May 23, 2010. 

Since being diagnosed six years ago, Samantha has endured neuro-surgery and over 27 months of chemotherapy.  While her tumor has been stable since she finished chemo two years ago, she couldneed more treatment at some point in the future, and having now been through the first two front-line protocols for her disease, our next decision is likely to be the toughest yet -- the remaining alternatives are largely unproven and can have adverse side-effects.

Historically, JPAs and related tumors, despite being the most common form of solid tissue cancer in children, were orphans in the cancer research field -- a perpetual lack of funding severely dampened researcher interest in the disease, creating a doom loop that many in the field considered impossible to break.  Since then, with your help, we've made huge strides in getting a growing number of scientists to pay closer attention to this silent killer. 

Over the past five years, we've established the first research program in the country dedicated to Samantha's disease at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, funded a series of other outstanding peer reviewed research projects at other leading cancer institutions around North America, and established our foundation,, as the leading resource for parents and scientists in the disease.

Last year we provided seed funding to jump start a groundbreaking international brain tumor tissue bank along with leading institutions in Turkey, Egypt and China, invested in a phase 2 clinical trial for a very promising new drug, and funded a large symposium for over 500 clinicians and scientists at the International Society for Neuro-oncology meeting this past summer.  This year we've continued to fund those and other new initiatives, and are finalizing (I hope) a grant to fund our second clinical trial.

In short, we have leveraged the time, energy and money you have invested in Team Samantha to date to achieve great things, but this is important work and there is still much more to do.  Put simply, we're in a race against time to fund research which can lead to new treatment alternatives for Samantha and kids like her, and we need your support now more than ever.  To that end, please consider joining us for the ride -- or, if you can't make it, we hope you will consider making a donation in Samantha's honor.

From our family to yours, best wishes for a happy, healthy and productive 2010!

The Janower Family

Other resources

- Summary of research funded to date
- WSJ article about Team Samantha (1/30/07)
- story:  How to save your child (12/28/07)
- CNN video clip (9/4/07)

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