|CC patient Andrew Lee and his Nissan GTR
Andrew Lee, 19, had just finished his
freshman year at the University of New
Hampshire when he received the devastating
news. He was diagnosed with a rare form of
kidney cancer; it was stage 4 and incurable.
Nearly 2 years later, on a day when he was
receiving one of his biweekly treatments at
the Clinical Center, Lee presented a large
donation to the Foundation for the NIH to
support kidney cancer research.
“I was sent here, admitted to an NCI
trial, which is one of the luckiest things that
probably ever happened to me,” Lee said when presenting the $200,000 check at a
small ceremony held recently at the CC.
“When we heard about this fantastic and
generous offer, I thought this is a winning
team,” said FNIH president Dr. Maria Freire.
“It is about vision, hard work, fundraising
and it is about courage. And those are what
we need to get fantastic partnerships going.”
The contribution, collected through Lee’s
fundraising efforts, will support the research
of Dr. W. Marston Linehan, chief of urologic
surgery and the Urologic Oncology Branch
at NCI, whose work led to the development
of an experimental therapy with NCI’s
Dr. Ramaprasad Srinivasan that has been
prolonging Lee’s life.