Mother pleas for company to release cancer drug
UNFATED (WHDH) -- A mother dying of cancer made a desperate plea on YouTube. Her touching video made a difference, striking a nerve with the makers of a potentially life-saving drug.
That drug company actually released the drug early, just for her.
She's in constant pain and can barely eat or even get out of bed. On the day she filmed the video, Darlene Gant used what little energy she had to write birthday cards for her son, Cameron.
"Pretty sad that cancer has taken my life to this point and I have to plan what I can do for my son so he remembers me," she said in the YouTube video.
In a 20-minute video posted to YouTube the Florida mother makes a plea to the FDA. She asks the agency to give her the okay to use a promising but unapproved drug under the compassionate use clause.
"Please, anybody, watches this, support the National Breast Cancer coalition because they are the ones who are going to fight for us to get these drugs for compassionate use," Darlene said.
The drug is Pertuzumab. It's made by Genentech. The FDA is expected to approve it in June.
In the video Darlene says that could be too late for her. She needs it now.
"It could help stabilize me, and save my life, and extend my time here on earth with my 11 year old son and my family," Darlene said.
Over the last few weeks the video has received nearly 40000 views and most importantly it caught Genentech's attention. The company has granted Darlene's request.