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In 2009, Sara started kindergarten. Learning of her brave battle against cancer, it wasn’t long before her new school, the Primrose School of Bee Cave, formed a CureSearch Walk team. In 2010, the “Primrose Pacers” made CureSearch the beneficiary of their annual Spring Fling. They plan to continue this tradition again in 2011.
Austin Mom and Daughter’s School Help Build Walk
Sara Pacheco was just 3 years old in 2008 when she was diagnosed with Stage III Burkitt lymphoma, an aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Despite the odds, Sara proved her fighting spirit as she underwent 11 rounds of chemotherapy in just six months at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, TX.
During this time, her mom, Lisa, learned from doctors that CureSearch for Children’s Cancer was a resource for information and answers to questions about what to
expect. Grateful for her daughter’s successful treatment, Lisa wanted to do something to give back. First,
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Sara is now 7 years old and active in karate. Lisa says Sara is as spunky and competitive as ever. “She’s doing great! We will celebrate three years off treatment in October 2011.”
she and her family supported a virtual CureSearch Walk in Austin. Then, when she learned that a “live” CureSearch Walk was coming to Austin, Lisa immediately signed up and became an active committee member, helping to organize the September 2010 event.
to provide spinal tap patients with conscious sedation – meaning they were awake but largely unable to feel the procedure.
“Since then, we’ve seen a remarkable difference in patients who in the past would panic from negative memories of their painful spinal tap.”
Today, Dr. Yu is Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, where she continues to be amazed by the resilience and courage of her young patients. She shows her support in many ways, one of which is participating in the CureSearch Walk – New Orleans.
“Louisiana is not a rich state,” she says. “But the first year we raised close to $75,000, and this year we raised nearly $82,000. It’s an event everyone looks forward to.” In addition to helping her hospital raise funds for the CureSearch Walk, Dr. Yu ensured the event was a terrific success by participating in committee meetings, recruiting walkers, and addressing participants at the event.
Lolie Yu, MD, MPH Researches New Ideas for Old Problems
Anyone who has ever had a modern spinal tap has Lolie Yu, MD, MPH, to thank - in part - for their comfort, or at least lack of discomfort. More than 20 years ago, while a resident in the pediatric hematology-oncology unit, Dr. Yu watched in dismay as patients endured pain she believed could be avoided. “We had to hold them down,” she remembers. “It was so difficult to see.”
“We have to do something better than this!” the young doctor told her attending physician. He suggested she look into it, and soon she was working with her hospital’s anesthesia department
Currently conducting a multi-year laboratory study to examine if a subset of immune cells can be given to patients post-transplant to accelerate rebuilding their immune system, Dr. Yu says the preliminary results are very encouraging. “We may bring it to clinical translational research in another year or two,” she says.
Lolie Yu, MD, MPH Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology Director, Bone Marrow Transplant Program, LSUHSC & Children’s Hospital Director, Autologous Bone Marrow Laboratory, Children’s Hospital
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