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Gilead Sciences: U.S. Military Veteran Battles Lymphoma With Car T-Cell Therapy: Marcus' Story

Marcus arrived home to Mississippi from his military assignment overseas, excited to see his 20-month-old son, when he realized something was wrong

"I started noticing that I had a little growth right here on my neck. About two weeks later, I had a growth in my left groin area, the size of a softball," recalls Marcus. "I was like, this isn't right. I'm 36 years old, and I had never been sick in my life."

It was cancer - a type of blood cancer known as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

After receiving his diagnosis, Marcus was driven to beat it. "There's no way I'm going to let this disease get the best of me and not be here to raise my son and see him grow up."

But his journey wasn't easy. After six rounds of chemotherapy, Marcus' cancer went into remission, but it was short-lived. Marcus noticed a numbing sensation on the side of his face. His lymphoma had relapsed and returned as a tumor on his trigeminal nerve.

"The second time it hit me a lot harder. I wasn't expecting it to come back," says Marcus.

His doctor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center referred him to an hematologist-oncologist at University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he received CAR T-cell therapy.

"He had a very aggressive presentation of lymphoma. Being able to offer CAR T-cell therapy was a welcome opportunity for him," says Dr. Aaron Rapoport, the cancer center's Director of Transplant and Cellular Therapy.

The first PET CT scan showed a dramatic response to the treatment.

"I'm forever grateful," says Marcus. "I spend every moment that I can with my son because life is precious. Tomorrow is not promised. I have one son. He's going to get all of me."

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Enables Contakt World mission to improve health equity and reduce disparities in the fight against Covid-19 and all diseases via award-winning SaaS platform

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Contakt World Becomes Data Partner for Health Equity Tracker Project to Improve the Collection of De-Identified Racial & Ethnic Minority Data Using Smart Health RM, Engagency, and Future Services

Enables Contakt World mission to improve health equity and reduce disparities in the fight against Covid-19 and all diseases via award-winning SaaS platform

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  • Contakt World (CSE: HELP) and Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine executed a strategic collaboration in October 2020
  • Health Equity Tracker, supported by Google.org, Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD), Annie E. Casey Foundation, and CDC Foundation, is now operational
  • Contakt World's SaaS Platform, Smart Health RM, will help drive de-identified data to Health Equity Tracker to improve health equity and reduce disparities of care

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