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Experimental Treatment Successful for Young Cancer Victim
A Philipsburg 12-year-old is celebrating five years cancer free thanks to an experimental treatment. The treatment is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with the hope that it will be available to other cancer patients. Emily Whitehead and her parents recently spoke to reporters about hitting this milestone and the journey that led there.
Emily is currently in sixth grade, where she earns straight As. She enjoys making YouTube videos and marked her 12th birthday like many other girls her age, by baking a cake and having a sleepover with her friends. In many ways, however, her life is very different from that of her classmates. She was diagnosed with leukemia at age four and underwent a fierce battle until shortly after her seventh birthday, when she was declared cancer free. The success of her treatment and her family’s advocacy work has also made Emily a public figure in the fight against cancer.
Emily was treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Despite numerous rounds of toxic chemotherapy, the cancer kept returning. Her doctors tried an experimental treatment that had been in development at the University of Pennsylvania for over 20 years. Though it had been tested in six adults – two of whom had experienced dramatic remissions – it had never been tried in a child, or in a patient with Emily’s type of blood cancer.
Doctors injected a drug to reengineer the genes in Emily’s T cells to attack her B cells, another type of immune cell that turns malignant in patients with blood cancer. The procedure resulted in an extreme reaction from her immune system that was nearly fatal. As a last resort, doctors administered an immune modulator used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The drug worked – Emily regained consciousness on her seventh birthday and was declared cancer free eight days later.
Since Emily’s miraculous recovery, the treatment has been used in 175 young patients at CHOP with B cell malignancies, resulting in long-term remission for about half. So far this method has not proven effective in treating solid tumor cancers, but drug company Novartis is hopeful about the success seen in patients like Emily. The treatment has some lasting effects on the immune system; Emily undergoes biweekly infusions of an immune booster, because her T cells are still programmed to fight both malignant and healthy B cells.
In 2014, Emily’s family launched the Emily Whitehead Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness and funds for the research that saved Emily’s life. The foundation raised $350,000 in its first two years alone, allowing the team at Penn to adapt the treatment for different leukemia markers and apply it to more patients. Their advocacy has gained national recognition and brought the family face to face with many high profile people, including former President Barack Obama and Emily’s personal favorite, singer Lady Gaga. The Whiteheads are committed to bringing novel treatments to as many children suffering from cancer as possible, but they do their best to balance their work with family time to give Emily a normal childhood.
The Benjamin Shein Family Foundation is proud to support the development of novel treatments for cancer, including cancers from asbestos, benzene and other chemical exposures. In addition to providing funding to research institutions and caregiving organizations, we sponsor events such as Penn Medicine’s Ride to Conquer Cancer, where Mr. Shein first met Emily Whitehead. The foundation is committed to raising awareness of cancer and finding a cure. Contact us online to see how you can join the fight against cancer.
The Benjamin Shein Family Foundation Sponsors In Vino Vita
The Benjamin Shein Family Foundation was recently a sponsor and attended In Vino Vita, a benefit for Fox Chase Cancer Center. The Fourth Annual Benefit & Wine Auction was supported by more than 500 guests and raised $2 million, which is double the proceeds raised last year. See photos from the evening here.
Breakthrough Bike Challenge 2016 Sponsored by Philadelphia Mesothelioma Lawyers
The 2016 Breakthrough Bike Challenge will take place on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 19 in the Oley Valley- just 45 minutes from Philadelphia. This event is sponsored by Shein Law and the Benjamin Shein Family Foundation in an effort to raise funds to support cancer research at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center.
This year’s participants can choose between a 12, 25 or 50 mile scenic course. Those who want to contribute, but do not wish to ride, can register as virtual riders or take advantage of volunteer opportunities. One-hundred percent of the funds raised through the Breakthrough Bike Challenge will go to the Abramson Cancer Center and the fight against cancer.
Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers at the Shein Law are committed to doing our part in the fight against cancer, both inside and outside of the courtroom. If you have been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer, our attorneys will fight for your right to justice. Contact us online at www.sheinlaw.com or call 1-877-SHEIN-LAW (1-877-743-4652) for a free, no obligation consultation.
Philadelphia Mesothelioma Law Firm Sponsors Mangia for Meso Fundraiser
Join us for a fun evening supporting a great cause and rooting on the Phillies.
For more information, call 877-743-4652 or contact us online.
Philadelphia Mesothelioma Lawyer, Ben Shein, Participates in Swim Across America
Ben Shein, Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyer, of Shein Law, continually supports cancer research. Most recently, Ben participated in the Swim Across America (SAA) swim on Nantucket Island. The focus of the event is to promote cancer awareness and raise funds for cancer research, prevention and treatment. Coast to coast, hundreds of volunteers and Olympians took part in Swim Across America events which ranged from open water swims to swims in pools.
Swim Across America offers swimmers and non-swimmers many options to support cancer research. Participation can include a 1/2 mile or one mile distance swim, a Kids’ Splash in Nantucket, swimming under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, or in Boston Harbor with Olympians. Non-swimmers participate by donating to the cause or volunteering their time at one or more of the many events.
The Benjamin Shein Family Foundation serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey who have been affected by mesothelioma and other cancers. For more information, call us at 877-743-4652 or contact us online.
Philadelphia Mesothelioma Lawyer, Ben Shein, Sponsors Local Run and Walk for Mesothelioma Research
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, the Team Super Steve 5K run/one mile walk will kick off at 1:00 p.m. at Grasslyn Park in Havertown, Pennsylvania. The mission of Team Super Steve is to increase awareness of mesothelioma, raise funds for mesothelioma research towards finding a cure, support families affected by mesothelioma and honor the memory of “Super Steve” Tiberio. Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyer, Ben Shein, of Shein Law is a sponsor of the Super Steve 5K.
Mesothelioma is a particularly lethal form of cancer affecting the lining of the lungs and chest cavity. The typical cancer treatments currently available are not effective in preventing the disease from advancing. There is significant work to be done to make effective treatment options available to patients suffering from mesothelioma.
Come out and support a great cause and remember a brave, generous, courageous man. For more information about Team Super Steve, or to learn how you can make a donation, click here to visit the organization’s website, or visit the group’s Facebook page.
Penn Medicine Thanks Philadelphia Mesothelioma Lawyer, Ben Shein, and the Benjamin Shein Family Foundation For Their Continued Support
Penn Medicine recently sent the following thank you letter to Mr. Shein and The Benjamin Shein Family Foundation for their continued partnership and commitment to cancer care and education. With gifts donated to the Abramson Cancer’s Center Ride to Conquer Cancer and the Mesothelioma Translational Center of Excellence Gift Fund, the physicians at the University of Pennsylvania will be able to advance their efforts in mesothelioma research.
HEADstrong Foundation™ Thanks Philadelphia Mesothelioma Lawyers for their Support
To read the thank you letter from HEADstrong Foundation™, follow this link.
A Letter of Thanks to Shein Law from MARF
The following thank you letter was sent to the Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers at Shein Law on behalf of the staff at The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF.) MARF is committed to ending mesothelioma. For more information, visit MARF’s website.
Thank you for your unwavering support to our common mission to end mesothelioma. Everyday your generosity and dedication to research, education, support and advocacy help us save lives.
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Staff
Ben Shein Attends Event at Abramson Cancer Center to Support Upcoming Ride to Conquer Cancer®
Ben Shein of Shein Law is one of the leading sponsors for the upcoming Ride to Conquer Cancer®, a two day event to be held on October 11-12th, benefiting Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. Mr. Shein recently attended a reception for the fundraiser. Follow this link if you would like to make an online donation and support Ben in his fundraising goal.
Shein Foundation Sponsors 3rd Annual Bud Cuthbert Golf Invitational To Help Families Impacted By Mesothelioma
The Cuthbert Cancer Foundation was established by the family of Bud Cuthbert who lost his life after a painful battle with mesothelioma. The Foundation seeks to help other families impacted by the deadly disease through support of research and patient care initiatives. Recently, the organization hosted the 3rd Annual Cuthbert Golf Invitational at the Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
Norm Kulig 2Young2Go Foundation’s Get the Lead Out 5K/10K and 1 Mile Walk
The Shein Law is proud to have once again been a sponsor of the Norm Kulig 2Young2Go Foundation’s annual Get the Lead Out 5k/10k charity run and 1 mile walk, held on April 14th at Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Ben Shein of the law firm also participated in the event again this year.
12th Annual Penn Presbyterian Benefit – “Mad Party”
On March 15, 2013, Benjamin Shein, Founder of the Benjamin Shein Family Foundation, was a Presenting Sponsor at the 12th Annual Penn Presbyterian Benefit, “Mad Party”. Mr. Shein presented a check in the amount of $50,000 which along with the other proceeds of the event will benefit Penn Medicine’s Mesothelioma & Pleural Program.
MARF’s 10th Annual Meso Foundation Symposium, “All In For a Cure”
The Benjamin Shein Family Foundation was a Silver Sponsor of the 10th annual Meso Foundation Symposium, “All In for a Cure”, presented by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation on March 7 – 8, 2013, at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event brought together all members of the mesothelioma community and top mesothelioma experts addressed topics such as the latest medical information and other issues relevant to mesothelioma patients, their families and their caregivers. At the event, two members of the staff of Penn Medicine’s Mesothelioma and Pleural Program were honored for their work in the fight against mesothelioma.
1st Annual Super Steve Stroll
On September 16, 2012, the Benjamin Shein Family Foundation sponsored the 1st Annual Super Steve Stroll held at the Oakmont Fire Company in memory of Steve Tiberio. The monies raised were presented to Penn Medicine’s Mesothelioma and Pleural Program to further its research efforts.
11th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group
The Benjamin Shein Family Foundation was a Bronze Sponsor of the 11th International Conference of the IMIG held September 11 – 14th in Boston Massachusetts. The Conference brought together leading scientific experts in the field of malignant mesothelioma to discuss such topics as immunology, immunotherapy, imaging, pathology, surgical challenges, clinical trials, and new treatments.
First Annual Bud Cuthbert Golf Classic
The Cuthbert Cancer Foundation was established by the family of Bud Cuthbert, a victim of mesothelioma, to help patients and families impacted by the incurable asbestos-related cancer. On April 30, 2012, the Cuthbert Cancer Foundation hosted its 1st Annual Bud Cuthbert Golf Classic raising over $50,000 from corporate sponsors and private donors, including The Benjamin Shein Family Foundation.