Friday, August 04, 2006

Memorials - Cancer Research

During her treatment, Krissie participated in a clinical trial at Stanford Medical Center. After many years of fighting against medical research using animals, arguing that all too often the results are only marginally applicable to humans (even if we have the right to experiment on other species), she welcomed the chance to serve as a more appropriate subject. She was struck, though, by the biography of Dr. Alan Yuen, her doctor during the study, which explained how much doctors give up by pursuing research careers, with comparatively meager funding, when they could do much better in private practice.
Krissie had wanted to find a good way to get contributions to where they'll do the most good for doctors who have sacrificed more financially rewarding career paths to focus on the personally rewarding goal of helping eradicate cancer, without paying the heavy overhead costs of many formal cancer organizations. So far, a good way to do this hasn't turned up. Suggestions would be most welcome!