In May of 2005, Elizabeth Goldstein-Rice’s stepson, Bradley Rice, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma/Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (ES/PNET), a rare and aggressive form of bone and soft tissue sarcoma. The family was stunned at the lack of progress made in the treatment and cure of sarcomas. Bradley passed away on March 21, 2006.
Elizabeth now participates in volunteer projects to help patients and families who continue to battle deadly sarcomas. She lives in Columbia, MD, with her husband Brad and works in the IT department of a legal publishing company in Crystal City, VA. When she’s not reading or researching assorted technical and medical topics, she likes to spend time in her wildflower garden and playing with her little grandson, Noah. To learn more about Elizabeth and her projects, visit her blog.
A note about Bradley’s journey with sarcoma: Bradley was 19 years old when he died. He completed 9 of 14 recommended rounds of chemo, had most of 3 ribs removed and 30 rounds of radiation. When he relapsed before completing the standard treatment protocol, his medical options were extremely limited. There wasn't anything he could do that wasn't considered experimental. Even the experimental options would only prolong his life, not cure him.
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