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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Health

Mission: Basic science discoveries lead to drugs for treating human disease only after clinical trials define dosages/schedules/possible toxicities and show efficacy. Such clinical trials are expensive and are typically conducted by pharmaceutical companies who look for commercial potential in order to justify the costs involved. Therefore, potential therapies with scientific merit but uncertain financial return remain uninvestigated. GlobalCures Inc. (www.global-cures.org) was recently established as a non-profit medical research organization to fill this gap, with a focus on cancer therapies.

Programs: Ongoing updates to database of promising therapies for cancer. Collaboration with other organizations with similar goals (anti-cancer fund, cures within reach) clinical trial protocol development for early stage lung cancer. Presentations at research and educational conferences, help patients find promising therapies.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jeannette V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GlobalCures is a non-profit medical research organization with a mission to help patients find their best treatment options today, share their clinical outcomes and fund promising therapies.

My mother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2010. As is too often the case with pancreatic cancer, it is detected when few viable options remain. Unfortunately, this was the case with my mother-in-law; the cancer had spread beyond the resectable region and chemotherapy remained our only weapon. The chemotherapy options for pancreatic cancer = one, perhaps two if one is strong enough to handle the side effects. For my mother-in-law chemotherapy did not work and by the end of November the cancer had spread to her liver and lungs.

This is where GlobalCures, Inc arrives on the scene. Thanks to my husband's diligent efforts to find alternative cures and treatment options, he happened upon GlobalCures. After numerous discussions, at all hours of the day, we discovered that there were other non-chemotherapy options available. Options that were scientifically sound, but of which doctors were unaware. We implemented a couple of options that were in line with what my mother-in-law was willing to try and were able to reduce her pain to non-existent within a couple of weeks! We tried natural remedies that were not being funded because these compounds were no longer patentable.

GlobalCures fills a niche that is sadly missing in our health care system. They offer patients and their families a place to find scientifically-sound alternative options, a place to share their treatment story (positive and negative, thereby building on the knowledge base for other families), and a place that allows you to keep hoping and fighting.

My mother-in-law passed away at the end of February however she passed peacefully, in full control of her treatment options, and without pain. For that we are indebted to GlobalCures for being there when we needed them most.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandmother was diagnosed with a brain tumor about a year and half ago. She was reluctant to go through two rounds of chemo after the fist round failed to work. Our family looked to Global Cures for alternative therapies to treat her brain tumor. Vikas and Vidula were caring and understanding and made suggestions that took the whole family and lifestyle into account. They approached the diagnosis with an overarching outlook rather than a narrow focus, which opened many options and gave a whole picture to the treatment of her brain tumor. They were even ahead of the times, for example a suggestion for changing the chemotherapy schedule was made, which has now been approved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We consider ourself fortunate and lucky to have found global cures. My mother has metastatic breast cancer and as her children, we are trying our best to take care of her.
Both Vidula and Dr. Vikas provide tremendous support to us as we strive to help our mother. The organization and the board members are extremely knowledgeable about current treatment options available for cancer patients. We are considering some experimental immune treatments for our mother. The team at global cures is always there to help us make informed decisions. Dr. Vikas is always very helpful and brilliant!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Global Cures and supported their work for over a year now. I believe in their goals strongly. My mother was not so fortunate in her fight against the desease and I have seen what it does to an individual and their family. I dont want for anyone else to have to go through that. Organizations like Global Cures are going to make a difference in our fight against this desease. I am strong believer in unconventional therapy, but the healthcare system doesn't offer much room to deviate from the standard of care however, with research and evidence helpful treatment options will not be discarded. I am a proud supporter of this organization that finds options for people who seem to have no way out.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am battling Stage 4 lung cancer. I've been through 6 chemotherapies and 2 radiations. Phase II chemos are no longer an option for me because large drug companies don't want someone who has been down a long road of treatments. A friend recommended Globalcures for research. Globalcures was incredibly responsive by providing alternative chemo methods that are from smaller companies and independent research teams. Globalcures has given me hope that I may extend my life and enjoy more time with my wife and three teenaged children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the CEO of BioLuminate Inc., a start-up company with a new and compelling approach to detect cancer quickly and more accurately than current procedures, and without the need to remove tissue samples from the patient.

Global Cures would be a significant way to improve access to cancer patients in our future clinical studies, and significantly speed up the product development process.

Their connections to noted physicians and technical experts, their advisers and Board members, would prove to be a significant benefit to BioLuminate Inc., and all of the future patients who would benefit from our technology.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the fine folks at Global Cures for the last four years and they have been a very fulfilling four years indeed. Global Cures is a cause dedicated to finding cures and solutions to the cancer problem that we face today. They achieve this not just through medical research but by developing relationships with experts from the various different fields necessary to make change happen: Lawyers, economists, business owners, scientists and survivors and victims' families. I fall into the last category. My father died from brain cancer three years ago and I have been organizing a charity run every year in my home town to raise money for Global Cures, an organization in which my father had the greatest trust. My Dad knew that in order for real change to happen and if there was ever going to be a cure that it would need to come from a group with the foresight to carry it through to the end. Global Cures has that foresight.

Vikas and Vidula Sukhatme are the founders of Global Cures and they are incredibly intelligent and kind. Their dedication is palpable and their support of our annual race has been indefatigable. They are, in ervery sense of the word, a GREAT nonprofit.

Kerry Dougherty

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a great idea! Take drugs that have been abandoned or ignored and apply them to diseases that are devastating the world. This is more than an idea this group of dedicated people is actually going out and doing this

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a volunteer for Global Cures on and off since its inception and had the opportunity to attend one of the early meetings where the goals were laid out and the beginning strategies to attain them were discussed. The goal was simple; to identify, evaluate and eventually fund the best treatments for cancer based solely on scientific data, with no profit incentive. When traditional medicine does not work; Global Cures believes other options are available but at this moment, just beyond reach. There is data that needs to be compiled, organized and developed into clinical trials. The Executive Directors of this organization are ideally suited to make this happen. They are driven by compassion, and seasoned by years of working in academic medicine. Their goals are altruistic and their likelihood of success with some funding is phenomenal given their backgrounds. I feel very fortunate to be involved with this organization. I look forward to volunteering with them in the future on events as they arise.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GlobalCures represents the best in philanthropic endeavors. Utilizing already approved drugs for new indications, frequently in combination with other approved medications, has been shown to result in dramatic shrinkage of drug-resistant malignancies. The cost savings to individuals and insurance companies is enormous since the drugs used are off patent and therefore the total cost is markedly reduced. Providing such drugs to the indigent with difficult-to-treat malignancies who have little to no insurance, and cannot afford current chemotherapeutic agents is a blessing to those in need. Ongoing trials are needed to explore additional benefits of new combinations of agents. The pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. have been reluctant to participate or conduct such trials because the medications are off patent (and their financial incentive is greatly reduced). So GlobalCures-Inc has stepped into the void to bring these old-new combinations to the investigative arena. They are to be applauded for their commitment to improving care for our society.