Those who have benefitted from the Ohio Cancer Research Associates said organizations like it are more important than ever.
With the country facing across-the-board cuts that could impact medical research, those who have seen the effects said they hope organizations like the OCRA continue to be funded.
“The first time I heard the word associated with my name, it scared me to death,” said Michael Rosati, who had bladder cancer.
Rosati said he knew lab research somewhere helped him be what he is today - a survivor.
“My chemo was injecting live tuberculosis into my bladder,” Rosati said. “When you think of it, who in the world thought that one up?”
Susan Cole is one of the people who work every day to try to find solutions to cancer.
Cole said that she has seen many of her colleagues give up research because they could not get grants to keep it going.
“Their ideas, it’s a whole set of ideas lost forever,” Cole said.
Cole said the Ohio Cancer Research Associates helps make her lab possible.
She said the $50,000 she received from the OCRA generated nearly $1 million in government grants for her research.
According to Cole, seed money helped her do preliminary experiments that showed the National Institutes of Health that her ideas had merit and were worth a major grant investment.
Cole, along with the Ohio State University students working under her, is working to figure out a form of brain cancer. Their quest for answers could not have started without that seed money, Cole said.
The money helped make a difference in lives like Rosati’s.
“Since my chemo, I’ve been clean for 26 months, so I’m happy about that,” Rosati said.
Rosati and Cole will both be present for the 24th annual Valentine Party and Silent Auction on Friday.
The group is looking to raise more seed money.
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