Legalize MTP-PE, a life saving drug for the treatment of (Osteo)Sarcoma- one of the rarest and underfunded cancers.
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My name is Elijah Rothaus, and I am 13 years old. I was inspired to create this petition because my father recently beat Ewings Sarcoma which is a form of bone cancer. I met with Dr. Kurt Weiss who is a cancer survivor turned orthopedic surgeon. He had osteosarcoma, and was going to die, so his to doctor got him enrolled in a study of a test trial of MTP-PE. MTP-PE ( Muramyl Tripeptide-Phosphatidyl Ethanolamine) targets and eradicates (osteo)sarcoma from the lungs. This drug has only helped people, and is completely harmless. It has very little side effects. Usually chemotherapy makes you feel terrible, and has many severe side effects. Now, let?s look at the side effects to MTP-PE, which is an immunological therapy that basically activates your immune system to target and kill cancer cells in the lungs-- which is where all sarcoma metastasizes. Most side effects were found to be mild to moderate in nature. Common side effects include the flu/fever which is nowhere near as bad as all of the side effects of chemotherapy. Now what seems like a better drug to be used on people? A poison that just pretty much kills everything inside of you, or a drug that just makes your immune system fight it on its own, with practically no side effects? The second one, aka MTP-PE; that's right! Now, you?re probably wondering why i?m telling you all of this. Well, surprisingly, this drug isn?t available in America; not because it's dangerous, but simply because the success rate during it's test trial wasn't deemed high enough for the FDA to legalize it, so they just pushed it aside and said no. It is, however, available practically everywhere else in the world, This potentially life-saving sarcoma drug is available in the EU countries, Britain, Mexico, Colombia, Taiwan, Israel, and Kazakhstan. It is NOT available in the USA, where all the research was done and your taxpayer $$'s paid for it. If you understand this, I wish you would explain it to me. Foreign countries have much higher standards for drug legalization than the USA. I want to change the fact that it's not available here, and with your help I can! President Obama has just started a new campaign for curing cancer, and has funded upwards of a billion dollars to do this. It's essentially the "Moonshot" for cancer research. That is the reason why I think this campaign could actually have a chance of succeeding. Please join me on my journey of legalizing MTP-PE in the USA!
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