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A YouTube Plea for Treatment

Connie Loughman could be your mother, your grandmother or your neighbor. The 62-year-old former investment advisor has been married to her husband for 44 years and has three children.
 
Patrick Swayze is the 56-year-old actor who you’re probably familiar with from “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost.”
 
What do Patrick and Connie have in common? They both are suffering from pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer there is. There is no effective cure, and stats say 90% of patients who are diagnosed will die within one year.
 
But Connie and her family assert that there is a promising treatment that could save both Patrick and herself. Connie’s web site www.cureconnieandpatrick.com is devoted to getting access to a treatment called TNFerade, which is currently in trials with a company called GenVec and is not ready for use on humans. Connie is asking the public to write in to GenVec to ask that the treatment be made available through a compassionate use/expanded access program.
 
If you want to help out Connie, and maybe even Patrick, visit www.cureconnieandpatrick.com and write to the GenVec representatives listed on the home page.

Posted: 3/26/08