A 14-year-old Ohio boy has been diagnosed with incurable cancer, but a local doctor believes he may have a cure. Now he just needs funding.
For two years, Jordan Aron of Boardman, a Youngstown suburb, has been battling rhabdomyosarcoma -- which accounts for 4% of all childhood cancers.
Dr. Timothy Cripe of Cincinnati Children's Hospital has been successful treating this condition in mice by using an experimental therapy that includes the herpes simplex virus. "We're looking into the ability of the virus that causes cold sores," Dr, Cripes told us, "the herpes simplex virus, to actually treat cancer. Basically we're trying to give cancer a cold sore."
But Dr, Cripes needs about $1.5 million dollars to complete federal safety tests, and perhaps another million to do clinical trials. At this point no government agency or private company is funding the experiments, so Jordan's family has been trying to raise money on their own.
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