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Neurosurgeon fights his brain tumor!

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You have reached the fundraiser started by the scientists that worked side-by-side with Yoichiro at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Yoichiro moved his wife and four children to Boston to work as a scientist. Before that, he had led a stable life as a neurosurgeon in Japan. He took a significant pay cut to change his career and knew that he would struggle to make ends meet for his family. However, he believed so strongly in developing new diagnostics and treatments for patients that he made the jump anyway. Three years after the move, he suddenly and unexpectedly developed a cancerous brain tumor (glioma) that has made him very sick. He is now struggling to pay for his treatments and support his family. His prognosis is poor due to the tumor's location in his brainstem, where surgeons can't reach to cut it out. We are doing our best to help him survive and receive experimental treatments that other scientists are just starting to test. These are his best chance at living longer and being able to spend more time with his family.

Thank you for supporting our friend.

Austin McDonald, MD, PhD
Emergency Physician and Research Fellow
On behalf of Yoichiro Kawamura, Kanako Kawamura, their children, and the many scientists whose work and lives Yoichiro has touched.







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Austin McDonald
Boston, MA
Yoichiro Kawamura
Aatira Vijay
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Adam Mauskapf
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Farouc Jaffer
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