Senior Raises Funds for Appendix Cancer Research to Honor Uncle
Senior football place kicker and punter Lee Johnson raised funds for the Appendix Cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (ACPMP) Foundation in honor of his uncle, David Wenegar, who is suffering from the rare disease. Lee asked people to pledge a dollar amount per point he made during the football season, or make an outright donation, with a goal of raising $5,000 for the cause. Lee scored 73 points this season and more than doubled his goal, raising a total of $10,827.33 for the foundation.
The ACPMP Research Foundation has awarded $1,300,000 in research grants. Prior to the formation of ACPMP, no centralized organization existed dedicated to raising funds for distribution for appendix cancer/PMP research. The rarity of appendix cancer and pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) translates into minimal government funded research or any sort of funding from other large cancer organizations. Appendix cancer/PMP patients are often misdiagnosed and/or not offered the optimum treatment for these diseases as cancers and tumors of the appendix are extremely rare; the lifetime odds of being diagnosed are thought to be about two in a million.
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