Emily’s Hope: One Cure, Unlimited Impact
Cancer strikes. You have hope, but few options. This is 10-year-old Emily Brown’s story.
Emily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, located on her spine. Nothing was working, and time was running out. New ideas and innovations were necessary.
Her doctor called the Colorado State University Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center. Together, the teams adapted a drug therapy developed for dogs, called MTPPE, as a last-ditch effort for Emily. The drug was not approved for use on humans by the FDA, so the family had to get a compassionate-use exemption from the FDA to try it.
Fast-forward. It’s been more than 18 years, and Emily’s cancer is in remission. She and her parents agree the treatment saved her life and want to make sure others have access to options.
Emily is now involved with raising awareness for CSU’s One Cure initiative, which benefits the Comparative Oncology Clinical Trials Program at the Flint Animal Cancer Center. The program translates discovery, breakthrough, and insights in treating cancer in dogs into improvements in human cancer treatment. This work is possible because of disease similarities among species. Emily and her story have helped to raise more than $270,000 for the program.
“Whatever the definition or belief of what hope is, what matters is the fact that you can wake up each day with hope. As long as you can do that, life will be OK, no matter where life takes you.”
Funding for the One Cure initiative is ongoing and essential for improving lives and finding a cure for cancer in people and pets. Support for the program can have a major impact on families for generations to come.