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I had bruises all over my body during a week and felt unusually tired when I fell down at work a day in December 2009. After a day and a night in the emergency room at St. Göran's Hospital, I was transferred to the Karolinska Hospital in Solna to see a specialist. When the family was gathered at the hospital I was told the truth. It hit like bombs around me.
- You have cancer.
- You will loose your hair.
- You have to get chemotherapy today, otherwise you might die in the coming days.
My life was turned upside down during an hour. My type of acute leukaemia in the blood was found to be very unusual, and immediately I received chemotherapy intravenously. Thanks to talented researchers my prognosis was good, but before 1985 not many patients survived this form of leukaemia.
Iy felt like I didn´t sleep at all the first time at Karolinska. A day felt like a month. A week like an eternity. A life with friends, dancing and working had been changed to blood tests, medications, food in plastic boxes, and physicians. It was dark both outside and inside of my body.
What kept me alive were my family, boyfriend and friends who were always there. I started to get better and eventually got to sleep at home, though the days were spent at the hospital. I have never felt so small as I did at that location.
In the end, I was finally healthy. The cancer took a lot, but it could not take away my joy or will to survive. Furthermore, I believe that everything happens for a reason. If scientists can reduce the death toll and side effects in the future, if patients or relatives get advice or support from the foundation and the website that I could not get when I was ill, I have not gone through this for nothing.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
Therefore Cathrines Research Foundation (www.cathrinesstiftelse.se) was 2011. My family donated 1 million SEK. We think it is important to have control over the Foundation to keep costs to a minimum. No board member or members of Cathrines Ideella (event organization) gets wages. No travelling, dinners, or similar are paid by the Foundation's money.
At the end of every year we report how much money we have collected and how much of this goes to research and development of cancer. At least 75% of annual income goes to the Foundation's purposes (50,000 SEK - 2015).
The Foundation seeks to promote medical scientific research and development regarding cancer. Examples of cancers are haematological cancers in general and acute leukaemias in particular. Although other serious forms of cancer can be considered.
The Foundation will promote such medical scientific research, which is intended to facilitate new medical therapies to the promotion of human health.
So far, the funds have been paid to the following:
2012 - The organization Ung Cancer
2013 - Curator Sara Natt och Dag. Research on young cancer patients blogging.
2014 - MD Christian Kjellander, a specialist in haematology and internal medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, a doctoral student in the project "Infections in haematology patients" at Karolinska Institutet.
Can PCR technology improve diagnosis and thus treatment and prognosis of haematological patients with fever?
WHO CAN RECEIVE THE PRIZE AND WHO CAN APPLY?
In order to receive the Cathrine Everts prize, an applicant can apply herself/himself to the Foundation. Alternatively, an appropriate recipient can be suggested to the Board of the Foundation.
Individuals are eligible to apply based on the criteria given in the foundation statutes. Basically, Cathrine Evert's foundation supports clinically important medical research, clinical progress and/or innovations that are directly applicable in health care to improve diagnosis, treatment, management and quality of life in adolescents and young adults suffering from serious cancer disease.
The application should be 5-10 pages and structured as follows;
The project description may include 9600 characters spaces inclusive, and must include information on:
● The applicant´s clinical and research background, the medical and clinical need area addressed, the innovation made and the personal contribution of the research/innovation/clinical improvement by applicant.
● Purpose, general design, theory and method, relative to the international research front.
● Other lines of clinical internationally important works and research made in the area's during the past decade.
● The researcher´s personal skills and qualifications.
● An outline how the personal research funding will be used (salaries, travel or other uses).
TO APPLY EMAIL email@example.com