by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Well known local woman, Sharon Cox has been recognized for her tireless community work, in particular her fundraising for Leukemia Research with the naming of a grant after her. When Sharon was notified of this award she said she considers it a huge honor to be recognized for doing something she loves doing.
The grant will be called “The Sharon Cox ‘Light the Night’ Grant-in-Aid 2014” and will be used for the development of novel methods to examine drug resistance in chronic myeloid leukaemia
The Leukemia Foundation said:
‘ The introduction of targeted drug therapy for chronic myeloid leukaemia has significantly improved survival. Nevertheless, about one-third of patients fail first-line therapy and require alternative treatment. BCR-ABL1 mutations are the most common cause of treatment failure, so mutation analysis is recommended to help clinicians choose the most appropriate alternative therapy. Preclinical studies suggest that multiple mutations on the same BCR-ABL1 molecule (compound mutations) may cause resistance to the newest drugs, but conventional mutation analysis techniques cannot detect these. This project aims to examine the role of BCR-ABL1 compound and polyclonal mutations in drug resistance by developing a novel method for their sensitive and accurate detection.3′
Sharon is a Councillor with the Wattle Range Council and is well known for her fundraising efforts for causes in her community.
The Mayoral Ball, scheduled for later in the year, will raise funds for the Leukemia Foundation.