DUBLIN, Ohio, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 30, 2008, CareToLive will take to the streets with coast-to-coast protests in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Madison, Atlanta, Seattle, Dearborn, and Tampa. Joining us will be the Cancer Cure Coalition, the Abigail Alliance, A Right To Live, and the Sarcoma Foundation of America. We are asking all patient advocates to come out and attend a protest.
1 in 6 men get prostate cancer. 75 American men die from it every day. The FDA has not approved a treatment for stage IV prostate cancer in over 43 years.
CareToLive, a not for profit corporation, seeks transparency and accountability from the FDA, as to why they disregarded the advice of their hand selected Congressionally mandated Advisory Panel of experts, who voted Provenge overwhelmingly safe and effective. Without cause or explanation, in an unprecedented action, the FDA denied licensure. We are seeking immediate access to Provenge for all men with end stage prostate cancer.
Over a year has passed, and 27,000 American men have died without hope, since the FDA denied the licensure of Provenge, an immunotherapy the FDA panel voted 17-0 safe and overwhelmingly voted effective. This is a noninvasive, non-toxic, immune building treatment, which works by employing your own body's healthy cells to fight the cancer.
Men like Eduardo Garcia, who have had the 3 treatments, have gone from being incapacitated, to living healthy, productive lives, for as long as seven years and counting. Dendreon, the company that perfected this treatment, also has similar treatments for breast, ovarian, colon, lung, kidney, and cervical cancers, in their sights.
The dysfunctional FDA's reason for delay has never been explained, as it was not science based, since survival and safety have been clearly demonstrated.
CareToLive filed a Citizens Petition for the FDA to reconsider the wrongful denial, (the only recourse the FDA allows), on July 26, 2007. The FDA has failed to follow Federal regulation and to this day they have not properly responded to our Petition, which seeks immediate access to Provenge for these desperate men. The FDA also refuses to respond to the CareToLive Freedom of Information Act request, which they know would prove that a few FDA insiders, who cared more about serving their own interests, rather than the best interest of the patients, purposely sabotaged Provenge.
"In memory of our members who have recently passed away, never having
been given the chance Provenge recipient Eduardo Garcia had, we will
continue to fight on, every day, in every way we can. Please come out and
join us," CareToLive spokesperson, Mike Kearney, said.
Seattle, Washington -- 1 PM PDT
Westlake Park (Downtown) - 400 Pine St
Coordinator - Jason Burdine firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Coordinator - Monica Sagen - email@example.com
Chicago, Illinois -- 3 PM CDT
ASCO / McCormick Place - 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Coordinator - Sean Morgan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-coordinator - Arnie Mass - Ammass14@aol.com
Cleveland, Ohio -- 4 PM EDT
Public Square outside terminal tower - downtown
Coordinator - Kerry Donahue - email@example.com
Co-coordinator - Mike Bauman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dearborn, Michigan -- 3 PM EDT
Rep. John Dingell's Office - 19855 West Outer Drive
Coordinator - Gregg Burch - email@example.com
Madison, Wisconsin -- 4 PM CDT
Wisconsin State Capitol Building - 2 East Main Street
Coordinator - Melody Davis - MDavis@caretolive.com
Tampa, Florida -- 3 PM EDT
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
University of South Florida
12902 Magnolia Drive
Coordinator - Terry Rush - firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- 2 PM EDT
2 PM Assemble and pass out flyers at 12th & Market Street for march to FDA
at 4 PM - 200 Chestnut Street U.S. Customhouse Building
Coordinator - Mike Kearney - email@example.com
Co-coordinator- Rory Kearney - firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, NY -- 9 AM EDT
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - 1275 York Avenue
Co-Coordinators - Leslie Mulkey - email@example.com
Kevin Ward - firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlanta, Georgia -- 3 PM EDT
Atlanta FDA Regional Office - 60 Eighth St. N.E.
Coordinator- Bob Madden - email@example.com
For more information go to http://www.CareToLive.com
Mike Kearney, cell, +1-908-670-7951; office, +1-856-770-8540,
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