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(The Business Journals)   Here's a background on the 90 year old woman who donated $100 million to "kick cancer's ass" over the summer   (bizjournals.com) divider line 41
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2014-09-05 02:45:37 AM  
Damn. That's one bad mother.
 
2014-09-05 03:57:46 AM  
That's a good 90. Hopefully she's kept enough to fund a few care takers to her probable 105.
 
2014-09-05 04:03:30 AM  
I don't think $100 million one way or the other will do very much to cancer research. But I could use a some cash.
 
2014-09-05 04:10:04 AM  
Damned dyslexia. I thought that this had something to do with kickstarter.


/ too bad I'm not a completely morally corrupt; there's a lot of money to be made in the sick kid racket

// I still wonder how I'd do with a " Cube farmer in need money for strippers and beer, soonish" sign
 
2014-09-05 04:12:04 AM  
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I guess House wont have to get fired over this one.

/way to go Mom
 
2014-09-05 04:39:40 AM  

doglover: I don't think $100 million one way or the other will do very much to cancer research. But I could use a some cash.


Good luck.
 
2014-09-05 04:41:06 AM  
"Our director, Dr. Brian Druker, developed Gleevec - personalized medicine that attacks cancer at the molecular level"

Man that sounds like pseudo-sciency crap to me. But I'm sure that billion dollars will go to good use.
 
2014-09-05 04:42:25 AM  
"We thought, let's have some fun with this. The word is out," Druker said.

That's the spirit.

'Don't lose any sleep over this,

I like her attitude.

Tried to give the money anonymously. Had her cover blown.

Didn't sweat it just rolled with it and had fun.

Good on her.
 
2014-09-05 05:01:17 AM  
Not sure subby understands the meaning of the word background...unless article was changed after.
 
2014-09-05 05:05:24 AM  

nytmare: "Our director, Dr. Brian Druker, developed Gleevec - personalized medicine that attacks cancer at the molecular level"

Man that sounds like pseudo-sciency crap to me. But I'm sure that billion dollars will go to good use.


eh?   "attacks" is just kinda marketing speak, but nearly all drugs work "at the molecular level".  The only thing unclear is what they mean by "personalized"

I think Gleevec is a pretty well known cancer drug.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imatinib

/I have no idea of it's efficacy, danger or cost, just that it exists.
//actually looks like it's shockingly expensive.
 
2014-09-05 05:11:27 AM  
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www.explainxkcd.com
 
2014-09-05 05:14:45 AM  
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imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-09-05 05:36:31 AM  
Hell of a lady.  Good on her.
 
2014-09-05 05:50:09 AM  
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2014-09-05 06:34:05 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Damn. That's one bad mother.


Shut your mouth
 
2014-09-05 07:23:49 AM  

alostpacket: nytmare: "Our director, Dr. Brian Druker, developed Gleevec - personalized medicine that attacks cancer at the molecular level"

Man that sounds like pseudo-sciency crap to me. But I'm sure that billion dollars will go to good use.

eh?   "attacks" is just kinda marketing speak, but nearly all drugs work "at the molecular level".  The only thing unclear is what they mean by "personalized"

I think Gleevec is a pretty well known cancer drug.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imatinib

/I have no idea of it's efficacy, danger or cost, just that it exists.
//actually looks like it's shockingly expensive.


Gleevec was the first of a new class of cancer drug that effectively cures an uncommon form of cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia.

It was revolutionary. Nothing "pseudo-sciency" about it, the science was excellent.

Personalized means having information about the genome and characteristics of your specific cancer so the right drugs can be used to treat it. In the case of CML, the drug target, bcr-abl kinase, can have mutations that require that drugs other than Gleevec be used to treat it, and they only work on that type of leukemia. That's what they mean by personalized.
 
2014-09-05 07:28:10 AM  
Too bad heart disease kills 10 times as many people than cancer but receives only a fraction of the money.
 
2014-09-05 07:47:54 AM  
Cancer is a rough thing, no matter what. My wife had it. I can see, that though this money is going to research, in the end very little progress will be made unless it's profitable enough. Sounds cold hearted, but that's the wau it is.
I feel that if results were guaranteed, daytime TV would be filled with commercials touting the benfits derived from donating to these "causes." Right noew it's a little more than "Gods will" out there. Just like donating money to the church somehow gets you "higher up" on getting in to Heaven.
 I prefer the Klingon stance, where "it's a used shell, treat it as such. I've said when I go, just throw my body in the dumpster behind the grocery store.I've had coworkers gush over how extravagant their funerals will be, but to me it's wasted.
 
2014-09-05 07:59:50 AM  

quatchi: Tried to give the money anonymously. Had her cover blown.


Normmaly, I'm a big fan of WW shining a little light into the dark places in Portland.

But what possible benefit to their readers and the public did they get out of outing Gert?  All it will accomplish is make the next wealthy person who wants to donate in private think twice.

Bad on them.
 
2014-09-05 08:02:21 AM  

WireFire2: Too bad heart disease kills 10 times as many people than cancer but receives only a fraction of the money.


Yeah...but if you eat right, exercise enough, and don't smoke...you'll cut your heart disease risk.  Can't say that about cancer, aside from lung cancer.

Plus we have artificial hearts, donor hearts, etc...we don't have spares for all the stuff cancer can screw up.
 
2014-09-05 08:17:21 AM  
For some actual background: her father was a Jewish survivor of the concentration camps that founded Columbia sportswear, she's currently the chairwoman of the company, and she lost her sister to a brain tumor in 1985. Some basic facts that the article could have bothered to mention.
 
2014-09-05 08:21:27 AM  

Ex-Texan: Cancer is a rough thing, no matter what. My wife had it. I can see, that though this money is going to research, in the end very little progress will be made unless it's profitable enough. Sounds cold hearted, but that's the wau it is.
I feel that if results were guaranteed, daytime TV would be filled with commercials touting the benfits derived from donating to these "causes." Right noew it's a little more than "Gods will" out there. Just like donating money to the church somehow gets you "higher up" on getting in to Heaven.
 I prefer the Klingon stance, where "it's a used shell, treat it as such. I've said when I go, just throw my body in the dumpster behind the grocery store.I've had coworkers gush over how extravagant their funerals will be, but to me it's wasted.


Well, this is part of a $1B campaign so hopefully some of the money is earmarked for some of the less sexy forms of cancer, those that the stuff makers won't spend money on because there are too few patients to make a blockbuster drug out of.
 
2014-09-05 08:23:46 AM  

WireFire2: Too bad heart disease kills 10 times as many people than cancer but receives only a fraction of the money.


You would have a point if bacon had will of it's own and forced its way down people's throats.
 
2014-09-05 08:24:09 AM  

robodog: For some actual background: her father was a Jewish survivor of the concentration camps that founded Columbia sportswear, she's currently the chairwoman of the company, and she lost her sister to a brain tumor in 1985. Some basic facts that the article could have bothered to mention.


I thought she looked familiar. And as for stay anonymous, I do think her going public this way will spur others in her circle to donate. Especially since they probably all have a friend or relation with cancer.

/I did.
//Hodgkin's
///She got better.
 
2014-09-05 08:39:29 AM  
BAH GAWD KING! THAT WOMAN IS BEATING CANCER LIKE A GOVERNMENT MULE!
 
2014-09-05 08:42:33 AM  
Nice lady gives money to cancer research.

People actually whine about this?

FYG
 
2014-09-05 09:07:59 AM  
Nothing will be cured or fixed
 
2014-09-05 09:55:23 AM  

alostpacket: nytmare: "Our director, Dr. Brian Druker, developed Gleevec - personalized medicine that attacks cancer at the molecular level"

Man that sounds like pseudo-sciency crap to me. But I'm sure that billion dollars will go to good use.

eh?   "attacks" is just kinda marketing speak, but nearly all drugs work "at the molecular level".  The only thing unclear is what they mean by "personalized"

I think Gleevec is a pretty well known cancer drug.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imatinib

/I have no idea of it's efficacy, danger or cost, just that it exists.
//actually looks like it's shockingly expensive.


"Personalized" means its targetted for patients with a specific type of cancer - as in a specific type "at the molecular level". On the wikipedia page you linked, look at the section on "Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)". It is approved by the FDA for what is called "Philadelphia-chromosome positive CML". Meaning it's a CML, but the molecular cause is specific chromosomal abnromality.
 
2014-09-05 10:01:04 AM  
Does anyone have a comic handy to explain to me what cancer is, and the difficulties in treating it?

Thanks!
 
2014-09-05 10:30:50 AM  

WireFire2: Too bad heart disease kills 10 times as many people than cancer but receives only a fraction of the money.


Heart disease doesn't kill more people than cancer until after the age of 65, and even then it's less than a 60/40 ratio.  Citation here.
 
2014-09-05 10:44:13 AM  
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2014-09-05 10:47:16 AM  

robodog: For some actual background: her father was a Jewish survivor of the concentration camps that founded Columbia sportswear, she's currently the chairwoman of the company, and she lost her sister to a brain tumor in 1985. Some basic facts that the article could have bothered to mention.


Columbia sportswear was founded by concentration camps? Who knew?

/sorry, just the first thing I thought when I read what you wrote
 
2014-09-05 11:18:03 AM  

doglover: I don't think $100 million one way or the other will do very much to cancer research. But I could use a some cash.


IIRC, it's toward Phil Knight's challenge - that if Oregon Health & Sciences Univ  (OHSU) can raise $500 million toward it, his foundation will match it.  So the total amount will be $1 billion.  So Gert has put them (OHSU)  1/5 of the way there.
 
2014-09-05 12:11:38 PM  

Billy Liar: doglover: I don't think $100 million one way or the other will do very much to cancer research. But I could use a some cash.

IIRC, it's toward Phil Knight's challenge - that if Oregon Health & Sciences Univ  (OHSU) can raise $500 million toward it, his foundation will match it.  So the total amount will be $1 billion.  So Gert has put them (OHSU)  1/5 of the way there.


Last I read they are about $75 million from getting the matching funds.
 
2014-09-05 12:21:54 PM  
Meanwhile, Cancer strolls along, whistling a tune ..
 
2014-09-05 12:31:40 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Damn. That's one bad mother


www.whoa-b.com
 
2014-09-05 02:31:15 PM  
Hopefully this money gets put to good use.  Chances are it will get squandered on expensive trips and lobbying.  Charities/foundations/etc. are the best way to get rich (and also opening a church).
 
2014-09-05 05:24:09 PM  

robodog: For some actual background: her father was a Jewish survivor of the concentration camps that founded Columbia sportswear, she's currently the chairwoman of the company, and she lost her sister to a brain tumor in 1985. Some basic facts that the article could have bothered to mention.


Thanks! I remember clipping and article about her maybe 10+ years ago, but forgot her name and didn't recognize her picture until you mentioned Columbia.

/TIL she's still doing well
 
2014-09-05 11:33:06 PM  

HatMadeOfAss: Hopefully this money gets put to good use.  Chances are it will get squandered on expensive trips and lobbying.  Charities/foundations/etc. are the best way to get rich (and also opening a church).


OHSU has traditionally been a great steward of donations. It's part of why I include them on my list of places I donate to annually.

I donated anonymously in Gert's name because of her generosity.
 
2014-09-05 11:37:53 PM  

wildcardjack: That's a good 90. Hopefully she's kept enough to fund a few care takers to her probable 105.


Her accountant told her she had $400 million to spare. I think she'll be fine.
 
2014-09-06 01:32:32 PM  

Animatronik: Personalized means having information about the genome and characteristics of your specific cancer so the right drugs can be used to treat it. In the case of CML, the drug target, bcr-abl kinase, can have mutations that require that drugs other than Gleevec be used to treat it, and they only work on that type of leukemia. That's what they mean by personalized.


Ah, thanks.  I knew I knew enough to not know what that meant.

/knew it
//it is known
 
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