Can 130,000 online supporters get this young woman access to life extending drugs?


Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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It’s easy to forward an email, “Like” a Facebook page, or support a petition. Tugging heart strings is one of the quickest ways to make a message go viral. But what’s the weight of these actions? Can they help effect meaningful change?

Mikaela Knapp is 25 years old and suffering from aggressive metastatic kidney cancer. She’s been turned down from four clinical trials for a new cancer drug and might not have much time left. The FDA has compassionate use provisions designed to help patients like Mikaela to get access to trial drugs, but compassion is a highly subjective response.

Keith Knapp, Mikaela’s husband, has turned to Change.org to gather support. He’s a quarter of the way to his goal of getting half a million people behind him. The million dollar question now, is how this type of activism impacts upon Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck and Genentech – the companies running the trials.

Mikaela…

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Syrian Atrocity


The link below is to an article reporting on the terrible treatment of a young woman in Syria by an Islamist group known as ‘Jabhat al-Nusra.’

For more visit:
http://www.fides.org/en/news/33906-ASIA_SYRIA_Rape_and_atrocities_on_a_young_Christian_in_Qusair

Pakistan & Canada: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Pakistan and how a young girl has now found peace in Canada.

For more visit:
http://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2013/06/article_2587134.html/

Tajikistan: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Tajikistan, where a young Christian girl has been repeatedly abused and beaten by her own family.

For more visit:
http://www.christiansincrisis.net/latest-news/1633-tajikistan-young-convert-suffers-severe-persecution.html

Marrying Young?


The link below is to an article that appeared in Christianity Today concerning early marriage and the Christian. It’s probably a little simplistic and clearly ‘self-centred (and I don’t mean that in a bad sense here).’ Any thoughts out there on early marriage and the Christian – would love to read them in the comments.

For more visit:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2013/july/christian-case-against-early-marriage.html

Malaysian Sharia Law Outrage as Man Plans to Marry Young Girl He Raped


The link below is to an article that reports on a crime that is being pushed aside under Sharia Law in Malaysia.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/22/malaysian-rapist-marries-victim-girl

Pakistan: Latest Persecution News


The link below is to an article reporting on the latest news concerning the persecution of a young disabled girl in Pakistan.

For more visit:
http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue17528.html

Pakistan: Latest Persecution News Regarding Young Disabled Girl


The link below is to an article with the latest news on the young Christian girl being persecuted in Pakistan.

For more visit:
http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue17253.html

Pakistan: Latest on Persecution of Disabled Girl


The link below is to an article with the latest news on the persecution of a young disabled girl in Pakistan.

For more visit:
http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue17238.html

Pakistan: Latest Persecution News


The link below is to an article with more news on the young disabled girl being persecuted in Pakistan.

For more visit:
http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue17208.html