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Rarely a 'Straight Line' to Success

A dream is the bearer of a new possibility,
the enlarged horizon, the great hope.
-- Howard Thurman

There are reports that when Howard Thurman spoke, he filled the entire room with compassion, truth, keen intellect, and joy. To be in his presence was to experience the drama of life itself-with all its attending conflicts-and to be carried beyond these realities to the reality of a gracious God whose will is life and wholeness.

On the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. Nearby, a monument to another, lesser-known Morehouse graduate, theologian and professor Howard Thurman. Thurman had a profound spiritual impact on King and on many other civil rights leaders. Yet for much of the last half century, Thurman's contributions have often been overlooked.

But the Howard Thurman legacy is documented in his writings and teachings and, indelibly in the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., reinforcing for humankind the pure influence of non-violence f…

Such Stories Give HOPE

Robert Preidt
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

TUESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've spotted a protein that prevents the body's immune system from recognizing and attacking Hodgkin's lymphoma cells.

A team at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, are now investigating targeted therapies to disable the protein, called Galectin 1, to improve a patient's ability to fight the blood cancer.

"We're excited about this treatment lead," study leader and medical oncologist Dr. Margaret Shipp said in a prepared statement. "We are currently generating antibodies that can neutralize (Galectin 1), and we'd like to fast-track this experimental therapy into clinical trials," she said.

If the treatment approach proves effective, it may help patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma avoid long-term complications -- such as heart damage and the risk of developing a second kind of cancer -- caused by standard treatments that include radiation, S…

No Dodging, But 'Think Cure'

Dodgers launch ThinkCure partnership
07/31/2007 11:53 PM ET
By Jayson Addcox /

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and chairman Frank McCourt held a press conference prior to Tuesday night's game (July 31) against the Giants to announce the launch of ThinkCure, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for critical cancer research at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

"You know, baseball is about records and it's about winning, but it's also about family and community," McCourt said. "Today it gives me a great deal of pleasure to announce the launch of ThinkCure. It's a charity; its purpose is to raise funds for cancer research and its mission is to find a cure for cancer."

ThinkCure is following in the footsteps of the Jimmy Fund, which was launched in 1948 by the Boston Braves and later became the official charity of the Boston Red Sox and the Variety Club of New England. The McCourt family has been associated with th…

7/29/07: Making Progress Toward SCT

But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. Galatians 5:5 (NIV)
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Just four days following the last outpatient chemo treatment, the tumor sites are again greatly diminished, but not totally oblated. Still, it seems that this last treatment is achieving the "control" that the physicians desired. We will know more about their observations and diagnosis when we visit City of Hope this coming week.

This weekend also marks my first full week on medical leave and the time seems to have been passing quickly. I am still adjusting (as is Dee Dee) to this stay-at-home routine, but thanks to my work on this journal and several other web-based projects (you can see that I am now into "blogging"), my time is occupied.

Also regarding the last treatment, side effects are again minimal with some nausea and fatigue as before, but nothing major. Appetite is fine. We are now hopeful that this wil…