Pikes Recognized at MD Anderson Cancer Center
The Taylor Cycle for Life Foundation has granted $250,000 to Dr. Dean Lee at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. On May 1, 2013 the Pediatric Oncology waiting room was dedicated and named the Pi Kappa Alpha Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life area. Why Pediatrics? The hospital realized after treating Taylor that 18 was too young to be moved to the adult floors. Pediatrics now encompasses infant to 25. The foundation would like to thank all 126 chapters that have joined together to raise money for Leukemia research. The Cycle for Life was created by the Gamma Mu chapter at the University of New Hampshire in 2009. They vowed to honor their brother Taylor who died August 17, 2008 after a long battle with Leukemia. They ran the Cycle twice, perfecting the event, and then asked the Trudeaus to take it National. John and Leslie created the 501©3 foundation and started calling on chapters. They were both surprised and excited at the enthusiasm with which they were met. This is the first of many planned future donations. The Pikes have allowed Dr. Dean Lee to start a phase 1 clinical trial using his cutting edge new method of inserting NK cells into a patient after chemotherapy. NK cells are own bodies natural killer cells.