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Help Tell Dr. Einhorn's Story

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You can help tell Dr. Einhorn's Story. 
"Defeat of A Killer" A  Documentary about Dr. Larry Einhorn's Cure for Testicular Cancer is now in production. It will premier on WTIU PBS station in Bloomington, Indiana in April 2019.  We will be working on getting the story aired on other PBS stations.  For More information about the filmmakers and project go to Defeat Of A Killer website. 
Supporters will receive a digital download of the finished documentary after it has aired on PBS.

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A portion of the proceeds from this GoFundMe campaign will support The Family Jewels Foundation (formerly known as the Jaimeson Jones Memorial Scholarship) providing testicular cancer awareness and education.  Click here for more details on  The Family Jewels Foundation


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The story behind this remarkable cure has gone largely untold over the years. It is a story that came about as the result of team science, collective efforts, international collaborations, and drug discovery. It’s the story of a chemical agent that was all but discarded only to be resurrected as an essential part of a miracle cure. It is a story of perseverance, scientific investigation and even happenstance. It is a story that has evolved over time. It is a story that continues today. And, at the heart of this story is Dr. Larry Einhorn.

Production budget includes all shooting, editing, post production, voice over, post score and production expenses to produce a PBS quality documentary

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For More Information about the filmmakers and project go to 
Defeat Of A Killer Documentary 

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“Defeat Of A Killer” will be a documentary of approximately one hour in length. It will be designed to reach a wide audience, telling the fascinating story of scientific discovery as well as the moving and emotional story of lives saved the the world over. Altogether, “Defeat Of A Killer” tells an utterly captivating documentary story ideally suited for broadcast and online outlets alike. It will premiere on WTIU PBS in Bloomington, Indiana and we will work to get the story on other stations.

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“Defeat Of A Killer” will tell the many interwoven stories that led to a milestone discovery in medical science. It will portray the somewhat serendipitous discovery of drug called cisplatin and Dr. Einhorn’s early interest in the potential of this drug even in the face of its daunting toxicity. It will describe the tragic loss of so many young men killed by testicular cancer including one of Dr. Einhorn’s closest colleagues in his early days at M.D. Anderson. The story will be told, in large part, through the first-hand accounts of patients, families, researchers and physicians. And, it will show how Dr. Einhorn’s achievements have inspired physicians and researchers the world over in their pursuit of efficacious treatments for other cancers, laying the groundwork for many subsequent breakthroughs.

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SYNOPSIS
The discovery of a cure for testicular cancer is one of the greatest advances in the fight against cancer. Testicular cancer was a young man’s disease predominantly striking men in their 20s and 30s, killing them with impunity. There were no significant risk factors. No  rhyme nor reason. And, virtually all of the young men diagnosed with testicular cancer would die of their disease. Today, a cure is achieved in an astonishing 95% of patients. This video will tell the dramatic and uplifting story of the fight against testicular cancer.

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PROJECT OVERVIEW
Prior to 1977, a diagnosis of metastatic testicular cancer was, in essence, a death sentence. Testicular cancer was nearly uniformly fatal in patients with advanced disease. Nearly 90% of all patients diagnosed with testicular cancer would die within a year. It was a disease that primarily struck young men in the prime of their life, robbing them of their future. It left in its wake scores of bereft families and loved ones.

Today, testicular cancer is one of the most curable of cancers. In fact, close to 95% of the patients diagnosed with testicular cancer will survive. These patients go on to live active, productive lives. They raise families. They participate in their communities. They live life. And, they are able put their disease behind them. The cure of testicular cancer is, without doubt, one of the greatest achievements in all of medicine.

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Dr. Einhorn, more than any other single individual, has pioneered the cure of testicular cancer. Dr. Einhorn and his colleagues first reported a revolutionary new chemotherapy regimen – combining cisplatin, vinblastine and bleomycin – in 1977. It produced complete remissions for almost three in four men with aggressive testicular cancer whereas prior treatments worked only about 5 percent of the time. Today the survival rate has been increased to nearly 98%.

The treatment developed by Dr. Einhorn and his associates was so dramatically successful that, at the time, there were many who simply did not believe it was possible. Yet, that was only the beginning and, over time, the treatment was further enhanced, streamlined and refined. Over the ensuing years, the survival rate continued to increase.


For More Information about the filmmakers and project go to 
Defeat Of A Killer Documentary
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