A TRIBUTE TO DR. HENRY T. LYNCH
Lynch syndrome is about families and if anyone understands that, it is Dr. Henry T. Lynch, the founder. Today, many of us with Lynch syndrome exist, only as a result of this wonderful, caring man and his family who have given and sacrificed so very much so we and our families may live.
Words can never express our gratitude but hopefully our global actions will. Our mission is to carry his mission forward for the generations to come--to work together as a team ---- survivors, previvors, medical professionals, genetics professionals, research professionals, governmental agencies, educational facilities, communities-- to find the over 600,000 individuals of which only 5% are diagnosed and to protect families and save lives from devastating cancers and to do so working within the true tradition of Dr. Henry Lynch.
With Immense Gratitude For All He Has Done So Our Families May Live---
Often referred to as the father of hereditary cancer, Lynch is a pioneer in the study of cancer and genetics. Part of the international team that discovered the location of one of two known genes involved in hereditary breast cancer, Lynch and his early cancer research significantly influenced how physicians and researchers treat and study hereditary cancers today.
Lynch’s groundbreaking research in the 1960s into the medical history data of two extended families led him to the discovery of cancer family syndrome (CFS), also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) or Lynch syndrome. Though not an actual cancer, Lynch syndrome strongly predisposes people who have this inherited defect to develop colorectal cancer as well as several other types of cancer.
Lynch’s use of statistics to prove the genetic link to certain cancer types was unique from other researchers at the time.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on January 4, 1928, Lynch grew up in New York City. He joined the U.S. Navy at 16 using a falsified birth certificate and served in Europe, the Philippines and as a gunner on a marine ship in the Pacific during the Second World War.
After being discharged from the Navy in 1946, Lynch stepped into the ring and became a professional boxer. He earned the nickname “Hammerin’ Hank” while boxing in upper New York State and in the San Francisco area.
Lynch received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1951 and went on to earn his master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 1952. He received his doctorate degree in human genetics at the University of Texas, Austin, before completing medical school at the University of Texas, Galveston, in 1960. Lynch then interned at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville, Ind. and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Neb.
Lynch was an assistant professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston prior to joining the Creighton University School of Medicine faculty in 1967.
In 1984, Lynch established Creighton University's Hereditary Cancer Prevention Clinic, an interdisciplinary clinic that provides information and services related to hereditary cancers. He is currently chairman of Preventive Medicine at Creighton University, and the holder of the Charles F. and Mary C. Heider Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.
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Big hearted, strong willed,courageous individuals to help LSI achieve our mission or protecting families and saving lives! Minimum qualifications:
Must have passion, warmth, commitment, loyalty and dedication for active, busy, exciting position. Work from your own home. Set your own hours. Up and coming organization with great coworkers. Occasional travel ! Meet new people. Terrific Benefits...no pay.
What, no pay? Yep, no pay...EVERYONE involved with Lynch Syndrome International is a volunteer, from our Executive Board, to our Scientific Medical Board, to our Executive Director, to our Project Managers, to our Regional Representatives. We are a true, not for profit, 501(c)(3) TOTALLY volunteer organization and propel forward on people power, fueled by passion and commitment to protect families and save lives.
We are seeking volunteers who are willing to fill the following volunteer positions and/or assist with one, two or even all of the following tasks:
Regional Grassroots Coordinators
Manage LSI Operations in your region:
Facilitate the LSI Buddy to Buddy Program
Facilitate Regional LSI Support Groups
Arrange and Organize Relay for Life Events
Conduct Regional Public Awareness Campaigns for LSI
Occasional travel to regional conferences
Organize Regional Fundraising Events
Report Events and Activities for Newsletter
Internet Communications Coordinator who, by email, will contact public agencies, organizations, medical centers, etc., to link to our website and maintain content on their sites about Lynch syndrome.
Thousands of Volunteers who will
Act as buddies to newly diagnosed previvors and survivors
Work with LSI at four annual public awareness events
Open up your hearts and your souls to journalists for public awareness events
Participate in educational outreach events such as Relay for Life and local conventions.
Distribute LSI publications to medical offices and other targeted locations.
Participate in Relay for Life Events, promoting Lynch syndrome and hereditary cancers
Work at local events, educating others about Lynch syndrome
Participate in fundraising efforts for LSI
Utilize life and learned skills to enhance the organization, including assisting in writing grants, soliciting organizations for fundraising, making radio spots, filming television ads, writing articles for newspapers, conducting studies of insurance company coverage, medical physicians volunteering services for genetic testing and for screening, researching and providing local resources for individuals with cancers, etc. There is no end to what one can do to volunteer.
Lobby local lawmakers for badly needed changes
Engage in organized letter writing campaigns to change guidelines and enhance screening measures.
Raise funding for research
Get involved in clinical trials, providing needed information to protect families and save future generations.
We realize, as Survivors, sometimes the energy simply isn't as robust as our hearts and our passions. We understand, admire and respect the priorities of family, friends and simply living life to the fullest, as it should be...so please don't volunteer more than what you can comfortably offer, without jeopardizing any other commitment in your life. There are many, many survivors who are working as hard as forty hours a week and many who can only do several hours a month. That is fine...we can all contribute in our own way...WE are the ones who will make the needed changes!
Between all of us, we should be able to move mountains...and win battles...on our terms...one life and one family at a time...
Please contact us in order to volunteer!
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