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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.

Kirsten H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The profit-hungry pharmaceutical industry in effect controls the treatments that doctors prescribe to cancer patients in the Western world. To keep their stockholders happy, "Big Pharma" develops and markets only those therapeutics that promise a handsome return on investment. There is only one problem with this approach -- that patients are denied access to therapeutics that might work, but hold no profit potential. These include substances that exist in nature such as herbs, spices and other plants; "nutraceuticals" such as Omega 3 fish oil, and drugs that might be repurposed to fight cancer, but whose patents have expired. Global Cures has assembled perhaps the largest database of these promising substances and provides this information free of charge to patients. The company also plans to undertake clinical trials to provide evidence of their safety and clinical efficacy. Alternative to currently approved expense cancer therapies are desperately needed by the uninsured and those in developing nations. Bravo, Global Cures!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Global Cures is a unique organization whose goal is to make a difference in the treatment and cure of cancer. The organization seeks to develop treatment protocols and conduct phase I & II trials that will not be undertaken by for-profit companies despite their therapeutic promise. There is a significant body of medical research that suggests many promising protocols that include a combination of drugs already approved by the FDA as well as those are no longer under patent protection. The objective of the organization is to raise enough money to support such investigations so that cancer patients can benefit from these treatments that are falling through the cracks in a market based economy. Another aspect of the organization's efforts are directed towards offering services to cancer patients in the form of information regarding ongoing trials as well as treatments and protocols that are unorthodox and yet may have worked for individual patients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Global Cures helps to fill the large gap in medical treatment of serious illness such as cancer. The development and research in to new promising therapies is driven by large pharmaceutical companies, who are interested in large profits. As a result, many generic cheap therapies that can save lives are left alone awaiting funds for proper research. Global Cures finds such promising therapies, alerts the patients to their existence, and also finds the research. In addition, they are now connecting patients around the world collecting data on these treatments in "virtual" clinical trials.

I am the director of the first private cancer clinic in Canada (Medicor Cancer Centres). We treat patients who have little hope by bringing promising affordable therapies to them today. Several of the drugs we use are generic drugs not normally used for cancer, yet they are effective for many patients. Global Cures follows the same philosophy which is to promote such therapies based on their merit, rather than on their ability to generate profit. Their efforts can save thousands of lives each year.

I have met wit the directors and begun collaborating by sharing our clinical experience to help plan clinical trials of an anti-cancer drug called DCA. I can say they are truly open to collaboration which is rare among researchers (many are viciously protective of their own work and refuse to collaborate). To me this demonstrates their motivation which is clearly to help mankind.

They are the epitome of a "Great" non-profit corporation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Globalcures is truly a breath of fresh air for cancer patients and care givers. They provide advise on various conventional and complementary/alternative methods for treatment of cancer. They do not eliminate the possibility of benefit from a particular treatment modality just because it is not considered as the 'norm'. They are open to new ideas and evidence based methods with strong scientific basis.

For cancer patients and caregivers who often feel like a refugee moving from one treatment modality to other and just hoping that some treatment protocol would start working towards forcing the cancer into remission, Globalcures serves as a clearing house for information on various promising methodologies that may not have been explored to the fullest for cancer treatment. Since the business model is not based on financial outcomes alone, the possibility of succeeding in developing treatment protocols that would work in cancer treatment is brighter. They are bold in exploring promising strategies that have been given up by the big pharma just because they cannot be patented or there is no money to be made! This is an organization that would actually succeed in developing a reliable protocol for complete cure of cancer (not just the 5 year disease free survival milestone promoted as a convention!).

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a retired medical doctor; currently an Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. Ten years ago, several of my family members, friends and colleagues were diagnosed with various cancers. As a result of trying to help these people with their treatments, I became a volunteer in cancer research at my local University Cancer Center. In a short period of time, it became clear to me that finding objective, scientific information about non-traditional cancer therapies was almost impossible. Why? Because these therapies cannot be patented or the patent has expired and therefore are not profitable to pharmaceutical companies. However,as a quick visit to Global-Cures.org will demonstrate, a lack of profitability does not mean a proven lack of efficacy.But it does mean that without the efforts of Vidula and Vikas Sukhatme,M.D. Phd, you and I are very unlikely to be aware of their existence,much less be able to use them intelligently.
My connection withGlobalCures began six years ago.Then, while attending a cancer research conference, a colleague told me about Globalcures, Inc. founded by Vikas and Vidula Sukatme. I researched their non-profit and found that all of their work is dedicated to filling the void that exists in the exploration of possible beneficial therapies that have no profit potential. I began corresponding with them, sharing my research and requesting their input on various compounds. What impressed me was that they knew of all of these non-traditional therapies already and had done thorough investigations on them. I was also impressed with Dr. Vikas Sukatme's professional credentials and keen scientific mind. For example, after hearing a professor of immunology present a paper on an immunologically based cancer therapy, I put him in touch with the Sukatmes and they told me they had already read all his professional publications and had been trying to contact him for some time.
In time, I went to Boston to meet them in person and felt an immediate connection with them. They are two of the most sincere and dedicated researchers I know.
Cancer will touch most everyone's life in one way or another, be it personally, or in a loved one, a friend or a neighbor. Traditional therapies, while necessary, are debilitating, painful and costly. We need serious research into alternative methods of treatment. Globalcures,Inc. has taken on this important role with the goal of helping thousands of people through what is one of the most devastating event of their lives. GlobalCures is neither for or against traditional cancer treatment, anymore than it is for or against non'traditional cancer treatment.
I can think of no other organization that is more deserving of the name,"Great Nonprofits" than Globalcures, Inc.
William Kane,M.D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

GlobalCures is an amazing venture aimed at making investigational cancer therapies more accessible to patients in need. The mission is both pragmatic and meaningful, and the team is making great progress in executing on the mission.

GlobalCures is a very worthwhile recipient of donations and I would encourage people to support it's efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GlobalCures is an organization founded on the principle that patients today need access to cutting edge treatment, even those not sanctioned by the mainstream medical community. But how does this translate into safe, novel treatment which can be analyzed rigorously?

The Sukhatmes, founders of GlobalCures, are well known innovators and leaders in conventional medicine. Their leadership drives the excellence and rigor of GlobalCures, and they have recruited a very strong team of reputed academics, physicians, and industry leaders. The team's strong individual reputations back the efforts of GlobalCures, and ensure that all therapeutic options are thoroughly investigated by physicians and scientists.

This organization is young, but has already received publicity and acclaim for its efforts. Very informed patients with new diagnoses of cancer are already turning to GlobalCures to get another viewpoint on their options. The survival rates for late stage cancers are so grim with conventional treatment that innovative, more effective therapies are greatly needed, and this is the mission of Global Cures.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Mother was fighting stage IV breast cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy when I first talked to Dr. Vikas Sukhatme (Co-Founder, GlobalCures) about her condition. He suggested several herbal/supplemental remedies to help ease the suffering and side effects of the chemo. Later on when her chemo was stopped, he provided several alternative treatment options that had been used in the treatment of cancer but had not been rigorously tested in humans studies. The oncologist in India was helpful and willing to try these treatments since chemotherapy had failed.

I do believe that there are many promising and potentially effective treatment options for cancer and other dreaded diseases that are not being explored because there is little money to be made. Most of these therapies need to be tested and validated to ensure that they are indeed effective and safe since time is of the essence. But this is not happening because of a lack of funding. It is critical to note that an entity like GlobalCures can provide a unique platform for cancer treatments since they can complement the efforts of pharmaceutical companies. I sincerely hope that GlobalCures receives enough funding to continue with their mission to validate potentially viable treatments to cure cancer/to improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients.

We - as relatives of cancer patients - should support this cause.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a physician with some past experience in cancer research and a cancer survivor myself, I have looked into organizations devoted to the cancer field. GlobalCures is one of those organizations that I highly recommend. GlobalCures is ready to support research that could produce a breakthrough in cancer treatment. Its principals are knowledgeable, thoughtful and humanistic. Its operational costs are very low, an important asset of any nonprofit. The organization will support research projects utilizing medications that lack pharmaceutical company backing due to loss of patent protection, low profitability, or need for multi-drug treatments, for instance, but which offer one way for potential success. In this era of decreased governmental grant funding, GlobalCures will serve an even more important source of support, if we are to lick this dreadful disease. I am happy to offer my time as a patient advocate with professional training and real-life experience to this nonprofit. You might consider joining me.
Robert S. Brown, MD