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Janko Krotecjanko's obituary

May 24, 1946 - September 6, 2009

Your Generosity Supported Lymphoma Research and So Much More...

In February 2009, Janko decided to bring together his family and closest friends to celebrate living.

Like most things, he brilliantly executed his plan in a BIG way. He hosted a heartfelt dinner party for 50 friends and family to bear witness to his life and love. At that same time, he decided he wanted to make a lasting difference by raising awareness and funds for lymphoma. Then the need to establish a web site and share a bit of his journey took shape.

Janko worked with Rick O’Brien, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC), to find a way so that the funds he raised would be earmarked specifically for research. Working with the Society, Janko was able to participate in the selection of the first two research scholarship recipients. Rick O’Brien says “it’s rare that research ever results in one, big, ‘Eureka’ moment. Ninety-nine percent of the time the science results in incremental increases in understanding that brings us closer to our ultimate goal of discovering cures.” Janko’s scholarships have gone to support stellar medical students in an area of lymphoma research that the LLSC Scientific Review Panel has deemed to be most hopeful.

The first recipient, Mr. Sunjay Lakhi from the University of Manitoba, worked with his supervisor Dr. Spencer Gibson. Their research was to better understand the lysophosphatidic acid in Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia, the most common form of adult leukemia. Gaining knowledge of the acid and how it protects the cancerous cells will help develop better, targeted treatment therapies.

Ms. Rosanne St. Bernard, Ontario Cancer Institute/ Princess Margaret Hospital, was the second scholarship recipient. Her research was under the supervision of Dr. Mark Minden. Their research was to understand the genetics of acute leukemia cancer cells which will lead to better treatment for blood and other cancers.

The final recipient of Janko’s Scholarship Fund is Ms. Kirstie Peden who will be working under the supervision of Dr. David Szwajcer at The University of Manitoba. The focus of Dr. Szwajcer’s research is analyzing clinical outcomes in Primary Central Nervous System lymphoma (PCNSL).

It is a tribute to his persistent vision and your kind generosity that Janko was able to raise over $17,000 in six months for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society of Canada’s research. The funds help these students gain knowledge that will lead to better treatments and a better quality of life for people living with cancer.

A heartfelt thank you (hvala) for your support.

Donna

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