Wildly Under Funded With Gravely Ill Advocates

This morning I watched the March 13, 2008 video of Dr. Randy Pausch sitting before Congress. You may know him as the professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon. His last lecture video that was made famous by “youtube” has had over 6 million hits since he gave it in September of 2007.

I have been following Dr. Pausch’s progress in his inspirational fight against this dreaded disease, pancreatic cancer. This cancer doesn’t care that he never smoked, drank or is an avid exerciser. This cancer doesn’t care that he is only 47, a brilliant professor and has three young children ages 6, 4, and almost 2 who will be fatherless before the end of this year.

Dr. Pausch spoke before Congress, bravely describing the need for more funding for pancreatic research. I watched as the panel attentively listened to his testimony. I was reminded of the statement, “If the Congressional Panel put down their blackberry’s and actually listened, it was a good sign.” Was Congress attentive to Dr. Pausch’s testimony because of his new found “youtube” celebrity status? We’ll never know, but I hope that they continue to give everyone testifying before them, the same proper courtesy.

Pancreatic cancer is the most deadliest form of cancer with the least NCI funding. Less then 1% of the National Cancer Institutes 4.8 billion dollars on cancer research is given to fight this disease. With 75% of pancreatic cancer patients dying from this disease in less then one year, why is it so under funded?

My thoughts on this matter bring me to some humbling opinions. Brilliant researchers are diligently working to find cures. I will use St. Jude’s Hospital as an example. The cure rate for the childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia was 4% survival rate in 1962. Today they are looking at an 80% survival rate, on this once “universally fatal” disease. That would never have been possible without those researchers being heavily funded.

When dealing with pancreatic cancer, there is little to no incentives to research this cancer. Junior researchers with their smart, brilliant minds want to make a big difference in this world. Working on projects that are barely funded, just isn’t something most researchers want to commit to. Smart researchers want to work on heavily, funded projects. They want to make certain that their in-depth studies will continue.

Another problem is lack of advocates. As Dr. Pausch reminded us, pancreatic cancer patients don’t last long. There isn’t much time for them to get their own affairs in order, let alone advocate for funds. I’m positive his wife Jai will do all she can to continue his fight for funding, but even then her time will be limited with the demands of raising 3 young children .

Tomorrow, March 22nd will be the anniversary of my own fathers death due to this hideous disease. My time of lamenting hasn’t ended. In the four years of my fathers passing “nothing” has changed. After hearing Dr. Pausch’s speech before Congress today, I was saddened to learn “nothing” has changed in the past 30 years. Pancreatic cancer is still the least funded and most deadliest form of cancer.

Several questions come to my mind when I think of the lack of funding given to these very neglected patients. Are they medically not profitable enough? When my father was diagnosed, he was told to go home and get his things in order. My parents had discussed the option of chemotherapy with their Doctor and although it might have given him a little more time, he chose not to have this treatment. You can imagine the lack of compassion felt, when he received several phone calls from the oncologist office wanting to set up his chemotherapy sessions. The nurse became absolutely irate when my mother declined to make the appointments. I can’t help but wonder if my father had “No” health insurance, if the oncologist would have been so eager for him to be scheduled.

In closing I pray that Congress will not repeat the same injustices that had been placed on those “now deceased patients.” No matter what our government might think, nobody is immune from this disease and it could easily happen to them or one of their own. As it stands now it will continue to be a round robin, no win situation. With lack of funding, researchers are just not interested in tackling this mountain and without researchers the next 30 years look just as grim for the pancreatic cancer patient as in the past.

Life Insurance Policy Rates – Tips and Advice

If you have a family then it is important that you get a good life insurance policy to cover your family in case you die. Although no one wants to think about their own death, it is an unfortunate fact of life that everyone needs to face. Everyone will die one die. Making sure that your family has coverage is very important part of insurance. Finding different life insurance policy rates is essential when you are looking to get insurance coverage.

People who are looking to cover their family with life insurance should consider getting a whole life insurance policy. These policies offer you coverage throughout the duration of your life and allow you to cash out of your option. The whole insurance policies do not expire after a certain period of time which can give you peace in mind that you will be covered. Another benefit is the cost of the insurance doesn’t increase you get older. You pay the same rate throughout the term of the insurance.

Individuals who are looking to get a short term insurance policy that will cover you should get a term insurance policy. Term insurance basically specifies a specific period where you are covered by your term plan. You can renew the plan after it expires but your premiums may increase. This insurance plan is good for people who don’t have a family that they need to look after. Go online and look up the best life insurance policy rates available. You should make sure you find a good insurance plan that has the coverage you need with the price you can afford.

Best Convertible Car Seat – Britax Advocate 65 CS Convertible Car Seat

Are you looking for the best convertible car seat for your child? In this article I will share with you some valuable information about Britax Advocate 65 CS Convertible Car Seat.

When my son was ready to move out of his starter seat into something bigger, I decide to buy the best convertible car seat for him. I also wanted the top rated in safety that I could get. I was confident of this product from the rave reviews I read at Amazon.

Do you know how deadly effects of side impact collisions can be and how limited most children seats are in terms of protection from this type of incident? Luckily, Britax have all this issues covered in their products.

Britax Advocate 65 CS Convertible has two huge crash energy absorption pads on both sides to minimize injuries and shield children from banging their delicate face onto glass in a side collision.

What really make Britax Advocate 65 CS he best convertible car seat is because it has a tether feature that I have attached to my overhead tether connectors in the back of my Honda Odyssey. This make the car seat stood in place securely and firmly.

In just about fifteen minutes, I managed to install this car seat and it was a breeze to me as compared to my previous baby seat. If you are installing it rear facing, just remember to put it in full recline before installing.

The main reason I am willing to spent my money on this product is because of its safety reputations. However I also felt good seeing my boy being so comfortable and protected in what has to be one of the best car seats ever made.

If you are taking an airplane trips for vacation, this seat is also very easy to manage. Although the side panels make it seem larger than the Britax Boulevard, in reality it is as easy to handle as the Boulevard.

My husband and I took it with us to Las Vegas and had no issues. However, if you think of moving it from car to car on a daily basis, I feel it will be an inconvenience to you as it is quite big and heavy. But if you are willing to do it with another person, then it should be alright.

Other than that this seat is highly recommended for parents or caretakers who are very concerned about their child’s safety and well-being. I also felt good knowing that I have purchased the best convertible car seat that money can buy.