DRIVEN TO CURE
Young CC Patient Donates to Cancer Research

CC patient Andrew Lee and his Nissan GTR
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.

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Exercise Improves Mood, Focus, Aids Memory

Dr. Wendy Suzuki speaks at NIH.
Dr. Wendy Suzuki speaks at NIH.

Dr. Wendy Suzuki’s career was going great. She earned tenure at New York University, met lots of people in her field and published exciting findings about brain plasticity. Nothing else was going great, she explained at an NIH Director’s Lecture held recently in Masur Auditorium. All she did was work.

To rebalance her life, she started to go to the gym regularly. She got in shape and her mood and focus improved dramatically. One day, Suzuki noticed that writing an NIH grant proposal was going surprisingly well. For her, grant writing had never been easy. “When I thought a little bit more about it, I noticed that it was going well because I was able to focus my attention deeper and longer,” said Suzuki, professor of neural science and psychology at NYU. “That really got me thinking.”

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