A video highlighting the partnerships among Colorado State University and five institutions in the battle against cancer has won a prestigious CINE Golden Eagle award.
The video, produced by Colorado State University's video production unit under the leadership of Joe Vasos, highlights the true story of how veterinarians worked with physician oncologists to save the life of Emily Brown.
The CINE Golden Eagle awards recognize distinguishing excellence in professional, independent and student works. The works are recognized internationally as symbols of the highest production standards in film and television production.
The Colorado State University-produced winning entry was highlighted during a banquet in June 2008 to celebrate 20 years of collaboration on research that has lead to breakthroughs in cancer treatment for humans and companion animals. University of Colorado Cancer Consortium, a consortium of six institutions comprised of the University of Colorado-Denver, Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, The Children's Hospital, University of Colorado Hospital and National Jewish Research and Medical Center and eight affiliate organizations, are dedicated to cancer care, research, education, and prevention and control.
The video tells the story of Emily Brown, a Colorado Springs native, who was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma in her mid-spine when she was 10. Emily went to Sky High Hope Camp, a camp for kids with cancer, and met Dr. Stephen Withrow, Director of Colorado State's Animal Cancer Center and the Chief Scientific Officer of the University's Cancer Supercluster. Dr. Withrow volunteers at the camp each year.
In the video, Brown, who now is 21, tells the story of the collaboration between Dr. Withrow and her doctors. Dr. Withrow told Brown of a study for dogs that involved implanting radioactive seeds near the tumor. She asked her doctors to try the procedure on her, and she credits it with saving her life. Later, doctors found a metastatic tumor in her right lung. CSU had done research on an immune booster, and her doctor enrolled her in a clinical trial. Doctors credit that as the reason her metastasis went away.
The award-winning video can be viewed at http://www.colostate.edu/features/cancer-collaboration-cu.aspx#emily.