Fundraising event to support chronic diseases health initiatives

The local charity organization Pajama Angels, a grassroots local Not-For-Profit charity raising awareness, action and advocacy for all cancers and chronic diseases through integrative health initiatives, is hosting the Yoga for Hope fundraising event on Saturday, August 29, 7.30 a.m., at the Vollmer Complex: Outdoor Pavilion.

One of the event’s benefactors will be UWindsor’s "The Kevin Couvillon Cancer Project," the revolutionary dandelion root research program of Dr. Siyaram Pandey. Kevin died at the age of 26 in November 2010, after a three-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

The work on the project continues with many exciting findings emerging, to name a few, the team has discovered that dandelion root extract has multiple compounds that act together to target cancer cells at multiple targets.

“Interestingly, we also observed that dandelion root extract has opposite effects on healthy and cancerous cells, protective to non-cancerous cells and destructive to cancer cells,” says Biochemistry Professor Dr. Siyaram Pandey.

The research team has also screened 28 different traditionally used natural herbs for their anticancer activities.

“We have discovered that water or alcoholic extracts of five traditional herbs show cancer-selective apoptosis inducing activities,” says Dr. Pandey.

The project team will be displaying some of the work on natural products for the event’s participants viewing pleasure, and have many positive developments to share.