Heat It To Beat It 2022

Team Druffel Shuffle

Hello Family and Friends!!

After missing last year's event, this year’s “Heat It To Beat It” fundraiser post-COVID will be in person!  This was another year where we were fortunate to have Dr. Sardi attending to John’s health. It was amazing to have Dr. Sardi’s support in getting John stable and healthy again.  He is both a fantastic doctor and a kind, compassionate person.  We are lucky to have him!

Team Druffel Shuffle

Last month John had a health crisis while in Croatia, food poisoning that turned into intestinal blockage, not uncommon for those having had his type of surgeries.  The hospital ER in Croatia was pushing to do surgery, but with the assistance of Dr. Sardi, the US Embassy, the trip insurance, and several long nights we were able to get John stable enough to fly back to the US and be attended to by Dr. Sardi.  Non-surgical interventions were successful, surgery avoided and John has recovered. 

I hope you will support team Druffel Shuffle in our efforts to raise money to continue the research into John's rare cancer (of the appendix) and education about it.  As before, we will match all donations dollar-for-dollar!  We hope to make a difference with the money we raise to continue advancing medicine through research and promoting this life saving treatment.  


“Heat It To Beat It” refers to the use of the heated chemotherapy which we’ve all learned is essential in beating this type of cancer! The walk is our vehicle to raise awareness and the necessary funds to continue the research that brings us this life saving treatment.

The spread of cancer throughout the abdomen is known as peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC). A treatment called Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a highly effective, concentrated, heated chemotherapy that is delivered directly to the abdomen immediately after the surgical removal of advanced abdominal cancers, including appendix cancer. HIPEC helps eliminate any remaining cancer cells following the surgical removal of the disease.  

The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy is one of the top medical institutions in the United States that offers HIPEC treatment and is dedicating extensive research to increase HIPEC awareness and understanding within the medical community.

Proceeds from this inspiring event support education, awareness and research for abdominal cancers.  Dr. Armando Sardi,  Director of the Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, and his colleagues, Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Dr. Theresa Diaz-Montes, and Dr. Kurtis Campbell, are among the few surgical oncologists in the world who are experts in the treatment of these complex cancers of the abdomen.

I hope you will consider supporting this important cause by making a donation! 

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