The debate over compassionate use and “Right to Try” legislation.
The U.S. has a system meant to help: it’s called compassionate use and it’s a way for terminally ill or otherwise optionless patients to access experimental drugs outside of clinical trials. For a patient to receive a medicine on that basis, she must have the support of her physician, the consent of the Food and Drug Administration and a pharmaceutical company willing to supply the drug. That’s where the Trallers, and many others, have gotten stuck.
The types of cancers that develop in children are often different from the types that develop in adults. Childhood cancers are often the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life, sometimes even before birth. Unlike many cancers in adults, childhood cancers are not strongly linked to lifestyle or environmental risk factors.
Every 3 minutes, a family hears their child has cancer
– St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Bill and Kim McLeod have decided to participate in this years CureSearch Ultimate Hike (20 miles!) and are doing so in honor of our Alex and Alex’s Army! Please join us in wishing them all the best of luck in their journey and show your support in any way you can (leave encouraging messages, give a donation of any size, and/or sharing their page)! Together we are Alex’s Army!