Cancer research

According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease. Sadly, most cancers are in advanced stages when they are first identified. There is hope however, and the single most promising option for early cancer detection is through cancer blood tests and with early detection, medical practitioners have more options for fighting the disease. The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the greater the chances of remission, and the greater our chance of saving lives. Some of the most lethal cancers are the five cancers that have no screening tests—the DEADLY SLOPE: Stomach, Liver, Ovarian, Pancreatic and Esophageal cancers; however, preliminary research shows great promise in using blood tests for early identification of these cancers, as well as others.

A blood test, (called “liquid biopsy”), looks for small pieces of DNA that are released from cancer cells into the blood. Liquid biopsies screen people who have absolutely no symptoms to determine whether they have cancerous cells in their bloodstream. Liquid biopsy tests are being used to detect cells that have broken away from an original cancer site and are floating in the bloodstream. These Circulating Tumor Cells are thought to be the earliest sign of solid tumors; with early diagnosis, it is possible to implement highly targeted therapies and “personalized” medical treatments, such as immunotherapy. Charitable Edge will identify the most promising research and development program(s) and provide support to:
     a. Utilize artificial intelligence technologies to advance diagnosis of cancer
     b. Development of cost-reduction technologies
     c. Immunotherapy advancements.
Charitable Edge will sponsor projects that utilize artificial intelligence machines to identify cancer in its earliest stages. One such project will be to create different reagents and different Artificial Intelligence algorithms to detect women’s health issues such as those associated with vaginitis. Because Artificial Intelligence machines can detect cancer as much as eighteen months earlier than other approaches, it means that they can identify cancer when it is in Stage 1 and therefore the medical teams can use immunotherapy (in later stages of cancer, medical teams use chemotherapy or radiation). Charitable Edge will fund the development of immune system enhancement compounds that can be combined with cancer drugs.

A third project that Charitable Edge will fund is in the area of Swarming Augmented Intelligence, which can be used to find correlations between input data and outcomes such as colon cancer to improve the ability to predict predisposition as well as treatment outcomes. In less than ten minutes, these artificial intelligence computer systems can scan 10 million cells and can find and identify the origin of a single cancer cell. Charitable Edge will seek to fund the advancement of Artificial Intelligence computers so that they become the size of a desk computer and priced so reasonably that they can be put in the offices of Internal Medicine Specialists. Charitable Edge seeks to support research and development so that the price of these tests can be reduced to the level that individuals may soon have these cancer screenings on an annual basis. Charitable Edge will seek to support computer systems and research projects that are leading the world into “breakthroughs” in cancer diagnosis and treatment methodologies.

For a better understanding of this “state of the art” technology,

Business Arts

The Business Arts funds programs that demonstrate that art is good for business and business is good for art.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture provides funding for the implementation of education and promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and design programs through schools.  For example, each year, AIA chapters identify the best and worst architectural designs in an area and give them the title: Onions and Orchids. Funded projects will teach school children to identify, select and publicize Onions and Orchids awards for their local communities. Funding will be provided to develop curriculum materials for schools so that teachers can implement the Onions and Orchids programs.

Dance Ministry provides funding to help existing dance programs develop outreach programs in less affluent neighborhoods whereby “each one teaches one.”  The sponsoring organization will provide costumes and accessories for the outreach group.

International Dance Ministry provides funding to improve cross cultural appreciation and understanding through outreach dance programs.

“Dance in my moccasins for a moon” provides funding to develop curriculum materials for schools so that children learn about the costumes, music, and dances of other children around the world.

“Art for Business” provides funding for business aesthetics research and development; such programs will study the aesthetic improvements in a retail environment that result in increased sales. Business Arts college degree programs—funding will be provided to small private colleges that currently have strong art programs, but their business programs may not be equally strong.  In art schools, students are typically taught; “Art for Art’s Sake”—the belief that the intrinsic value of art, is the only “true” art. For the art faculty and students, art is divorced from any moral, financial or utilitarian function.  But this approach to art often results in “starving artists” or artistes where the work of art pleases the artist. In contrast, the approach of the Business Arts is to develop artists who understand business wherein a work of art is created to please the consumer.  This approach expects that these small colleges will develop stronger business programs.