VHLA: committed to finding a cure for VHL, a genetic condition causing abnormal tumor growth, and related cancers, awarding millions through its research grants program.
Hi! My name is Carter. I have VHL, a genetic form of cancer, and so does my mom and grandfather. When I was 2, the eye doctor found a tumor in my eye and told my mom I was going to go blind.
At the time, my mother found Cancer Research and Assistance - VHL. They connected her with experts treating VHL and thanks to them I can see everything!
Every year, I have an eye exam as well as scans for my brain, spine, kidney, pancreas, adrenals, and ears. If they find more tumors, I will have to have surgery to remove them.
Did you know that the gene responsible for VHL is the same one that controls all tumor growth? Since the gene is involved in many other forms of cancer, finding a cure for VHL will help cure other forms of cancer! Cancer Research and Assistance - VHL is a leading funder of VHL research with over $1.8 million granted to support studies designed to find a cure. While these funds have not yet uncovered an effective pharmacological treatment for VHL, the supported research has resulted in approval of multiple cancer drugs for other cancers including kidney and breast cancers. VHLA envisions that a cure will be found, eliminating the need for patients to undergo multiple surgical interventions to control their tumors.
I hope that you will donate money to Cancer Research and Assistance - VHL so that they can help other people like me. Your donation will help them continue important cancer research!