The Lions Club of Johnsonville recently hosted a public meeting on cancer research where Dr Swee Tan, Executive Director of Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (GMRI) presented their investigations aimed at finding a better way of treating cancer.
About 100 people listened attentively as Dr Tan firstly explained some of his plastic surgery techniques, how the Research Institute was formed and how his successful treatment of strawberry birthmarks (a form of cancer) encouraged him to research why these cancer cells were dying on their own accord. This led to a paradigm shift in thinking. If cancer cells can be tricked into “committing suicide” this would ease human suffering from side effects of current treatments and reduce the enormous cost to our health system. Dr Tan’s compassion was very moving.
The evening concluded with the presentation of a $2,000 cheque by Johnsonville Lions President Ross Brown to Dr Tan and GMRI Trust Chairman Paul Baines. This was followed by supper and informal discussion with Dr Tan, which continued late into the evening.
Photo: Dr Tan (left), Johnsonville Lions president Ross Brown, GMRI trust chairman Paul Baines, with meeting chairman Deputy Mayor Justin Lester in the background. Photo: Daryl Ng