Following the success of The Space Suit Art Project, a collaboration between The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a second space suit, named COURAGE, was created by children and their families at MD Anderson and sent to the International Space Station. This suit is a flight suit that the children painted directly on and will be worn by astronaut Kate Rubins while she works and lives aboard the space station.
Patients from MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital will have the opportunity to speak with Kate, currently living and working on the International Space Station on Friday, Sept. 16. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
The Moon Shots Program is an unprecedented effort to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths.
Speaking at a Sept. 21 news conference, President Ronald DePinho, M.D., said that a decade from now, the success of the new Moon Shots Program will be measured by patient mortality and nothing more.
The Moon Shots Program is bringing together sizable multidisciplinary groups of researchers and clinicians to mount comprehensive attacks on eight cancers initially. They are: Acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, melanoma, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and women's cancers - triple-negative breast and high-grade serous ovarian, which are linked at the molecular level.
"Hold on. Be strong. Can you feel it getting better?"
These words are the chorus of the original song "Hold On, " written and performed by Greg Lizee, Ph.D., associate professor in MD Anderson's Melanoma Medical Oncology department. The song's message is simple: Hope. It's about positivity, patience and faith -- faith that things will get better. You have to hold on through the bad times to reach the good.