In Memory of Suzanne Penny
Thanks to Suzanne and her connection with many of our Board Members including our founder and co-founder, we have found each other and been able to collaborate to create the Nanotechnology Research Foundation.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2004 with a promising career under way, Suzanne fought her way through, acceptance, challenge and adversity and finally succeeded as a cancer survivor. From her personal experience, she wanted to give back to others in a way which she could share. During her treatment, she felt most cancer-care stores were cold, sterile, distant and couldn’t relate to what she was feeling. So she set up, A Pink Ribbon, a store that would offer an environment that was physically, emotionally and spiritually supportive, in order to best help cancer patients through their treatments and to help them move forward with their lives, realizing all the while that they are still beautiful women.
In January, Suzanne was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia and had to close her store. It was apparent that she would need a bone marrow transplant and within days Suzanne’s friends set up a web site asking for donations and organizing blood and bone marrow drives. This effort unfortunately did not result in a bone marrow donor match so Suzanne underwent an experimental stem cell transplant. While it initially appeared the treatment was working, Suzanne struggled with the after effects and passed away on Friday morning, August 22, 2008 at the UCSD Thorton Hospital in La Jolla, CA.
Suzanne didn’t need to suffer the way she did. Undergoing first invasive and painful chemotherapy and then the side effects of a transplant is the necessary process today for cancer patients like Suzanne. It is our hope that with breakthrough results from nanotechnology research now being conducted, that Suzanne and patient’s like her will be able to have their cancer treated with a method that has mild side effects.
The process of administering chemotherapy and the horrific suffering that patients have had to endure has not changed in decades. We are close to making that a treatment of the past. We need to support and fund research in nanotechnology for cancer in order to break this treatment cycle from the past. The Moores Cancer Research Center in La Jolla, CA and others like that have received significant funding to help change this paradigm. Our work at the Nanotechnology Research Foundation is to help support and fund research like this.
The following website is dedicated to Suzanne Penny: www.HelpSuzanne.org