Jul. 20, 2008

Right here with you

Two of my favorite singers, both cancer survivors and very much active in the fight against cancer, Australian superstars Olivia Newton John and Delta Goodrem teamed up for this song, that I meant to post for quite some time. Today, I listened to Delta's most recent album - and remembered the video.

Delta, now aged 24, is a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor and Olivia is a breast cancer survivor of 15 years. The song is a contribution to Olivia's fundraising event called "The Great Walk to Beijing", an amazing event that challenged participants and supporters to change the way the world treats cancer.

On her website, she stated: "Olivia Newton-John and a team of celebrities and everyday cancer survivors faced one of the toughest physical and mental challenges of their lives in April 2008, trekking 228 kilometres over 21 days with the Great Walk to Beijing to raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal."

Leading to the summer olympics, it's a song to motivate and empower cancer survivors, their friends and loved ones and anyone affected by cancer. It's about the fight against cancer and remembering that we can't give up and need to continue all the efforts to win this fight in the near future.

If you missed the walk, but would like to take part in the active fight against cancer, please consider to join our team of "Cancer Warriors" for the Livestrong Challenge Austin

If you don't want to participate, but are willing to donate and make a difference in the fight against cancer, please visit my fundraising page: http://austin08.livestrong.org/henrike

Thanks for reading.

Jul. 15, 2008

Jail sentences for Galavit scam

Today the Kassel court sentenced a 64 year old man to 7 years and 3 months of prison time. He was the head of a group of 5, who sold Galavit to cancer patients, falsely claiming it to be a wonder drug against cancer. The doctor who was involved was sentenced to 5 years and 8 months and a journalist who put out articles about the "wonder drug healing cancerous tumors" was sentenced to 3 years in jail.

The group told their patients (approx. 132 cancer patients), that the drug was developed in the Russian space program and showed good results with cancer patients- both lies. The Russian space agency denied any tests in space almost all patients died within a few months after being treated.

Those patients paid 8500 Euros for the treatment, while you can buy the stuff at Russian pharmacies for approx 66 Euros- a total scam. But more important than those hideous fees is the fact that those patients lost a lot of precious time to treat their tumors. The group shamelessly used cancer patiens who were vulnerable and desperate, and it's good to see that we don't tolerate that behavior.

Let's just hope the sentence won't be reduced after a possible appeal.