Thanks to the generous donations of the community, Lilly Broadcasting's 6th Annual Community for Kanzius Telethon is a huge success.
In just 14 hours time, your contributions helped raise a record $231,000 and counting.
In our call center, the phones rang off the hook, while many of our on-air talent spent the day outside collecting donations. Members of the Erie Fire Department also helped out with the cause.
"You know, everybody has been touched by cancer in one way or another," said Erie Fire Lt.. Darren Hart. "As firefighters, we're at higher risk for certain types of cancer, so this is something that's really important to us."
Many organizations, like the Girard Legion Riders and of members of the Hanson Memorial Golf Tournament also helped "spread the wave," by presenting the foundation with huge checks.
"It's the brightest thing on the horizon," said Hanson Memorial Golf Tournament member Gary Johnson. "If we can be part in helping bring an end to cancer, what a terrific thing to say."
According to Kanzius Cancer Foundation Executive Director Mark Neidig, as of now, the research tests on animals are going so well that the foundation hopes to begin human trials by 2015.
"The hope of Dr. Steven Curley is to approach the FDA for a preliminary hearing in 2014, and find out if they have any additional testing that they need," said Neidig. "Then, we hope to begin phase one trials in early 2015."
And when it comes to donations, Neidig says every penny helps.
"The more research we have, the more we progress, the higher the price," said Neidig. "So, if all I can tell people to do, is keep on giving."