In 2018 during a round cancer treatment Mark Kourey wanted to do something to help people impacted by cancer and to support his amazing healthcare team at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK). He learned about Fred’s Team and their mission to raise critical funds for cancer research and put himself on the waitlist to run the upcoming marathon. When Mark heard the news he was accepted to the team, knowing he was not a runner, was still in treatment, and that the marathon was only 4 months away, he got a pair of running sneakers and started training. With the support of his family, friends and doctors at MSK, he completed the marathon raising over $6k. While celebrating after the marathon, Mark’s college buddy Tommy suggested running the next year with several of our friends forming Fred’s TeamMark!
Mark’s life shifted in an unexpected direction when he was diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer in 2010. In the years since he was impacted multiple times by the news that his cancer continued to spread. But thanks to recent discoveries, his team of doctors at MSK were able to pinpoint the cancer growth and use treatments including surgeries, radiation and drug regimens to minimize the impact and maintain his quality of life for 13 years. On May 10th Mark ended his long battle and now it is up to us to continue his mission to help others.
IMPACT FROM CANCER RESEARCH, ONE EXAMPLE
From Clinical Trial to FDA Approval to Standard of Care. Mark was fortunate to have benefited from research funding. Seven years ago during Mark’s first recurrence he enrolled in an early stage clinical trial of a PET scan using a novel contrast to pinpoint metastatic growth and guide treatment. While he had to endure subsequent rounds of treatment he knew he could rely on this novel imaging to guide future treatment. In 2021, this novel imaging contrast was FDA approved, being used by patients, covered by some health plans, and is becoming standard-of-care helping men and their families affected by this terrible disease. This is what your research dollars can do!
100% OF YOUR DONATION SUPPORTS RESEARCH
Your donation will give doctors and research scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering the funding they need to achieve groundbreaking discoveries and make new and better treatment options possible, bringing real hope to people with cancer and their families. The breakthroughs made in MSK labs set new standards for cancer treatment around the world.
PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TODAY
Your support is key to helping experts at Memorial Sloan Kettering unlock insights about cancer that can develop new and better treatments for people who need them. Together, we can make a big difference.
“I run for those who are currently undergoing cancer treatment, have been previously treated, and in memory of those who are no longer with us.” From Mark’s first Fred’s Team page in 2018.
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