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We Won the Member's Choice Award!!!! I want to thank everyone who voted and showed their support. The prize for winning is $100 cash and a feature in their newsletter. It might not seem like a lot, but everything helps get us closer to our goal of completing the film and bringing it to as many people as we possibly can. Thank you for voting!!!
Monday, June 21, 2010
We are looking to finish all interviews by the beginning of fall 2010. Having the projected end so near is a very exciting thought since I have began work on this film in February of 2008. We have about 10 more interviews to get until we can call it a wrap.
We are still trying to fundraiser, and we just applied to our first grant from CAMgrants - visit www.camgrants.org to check out our written proposal and a quick 2-minute teaser of the documentary. If any of you out there hear of exciting opportunities for grants or donations, please let us know.
Some more exciting news is that I just received my first little bit of "source footage" (footage taken of Dr. Simonton back in the day) from my Uncle Terry. It is an interview for the CBS morning show in 1992. It's pretty amazing and I am so thankful my Uncle retrieved it for me. If any of you out there following this blog have original footage of my Dad, or knows someone who might please contact me, this kind of footage will help this story come to life.
Well that is all for now, I hope you all have a wonderful summer!!!
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Local's documentary raises cancer treatment awareness
|Elizabeth Simonton and Dr. O. Carl Simonton in 2007.|
By Olivia Damavandi/ Assistant Editor
A fundraising event to benefit the documentary will take place March 27 at Charlie's restaurant, and will include entertainment and a silent auction.
“What motivated me to start this documentary was the subject matter, plain and simple,” Simonton, 24, said. “It is my dream to share with the world the story of this magnificent doctor, my dad, Dr. O. Carl Simonton.”
The idea that emotional and psychological counseling in the treatment of cancer plays a large role in how patients will respond to their experience with the disease was a controversial topic first brought to the public's attention in the 1960s by Dr. Simonton, a radiation oncologist who passed away last year.
Dr. Simonton conducted a four-year study in which he treated 159 cancer patients who were told they had no more than 12 months to live. Patients in this study, versus the control group of patients who received no emotional support, lived an average of twice as long. In addition, 22 percent of those living after the study ended showed no evidence of disease.
In 1981 the American Cancer Society placed Dr. Simonton on their “Quack List” otherwise known as the Unproven Methods List. He is the only board-certified radiation oncologist to ever be placed on this list, and the only person who has ever been removed from it.
The main message to be taken away from this study was that there was hope for patients deemed “terminally ill,” and that a patient could participate in their recovery and possibly influence the course of their disease.
“I have always felt that there was something unjust in the fact that more cancer patients were not informed of their own personal potential to heal or of their ability to actively participate in their health,” Simonton said. “I feel it is irresponsible for an oncologist to tell someone that there is ‘nothing more than can be done for them,' when there is so much that can be done.
I started this documentary with no money, no equipment and no experience, but look how far we have come,” she continued. “I have learned that if you have enough courage and enough conviction, the possibility of all of life's pursuits are truly endless.”
Tickets for the fundraiser, which takes place from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., are $20 (cash and checks only) and will be sold at the door at Charlie's restaurant, 22821 PCH, on March 27. More information can be obtained at www. thesimontondocumentary.org.