Please add your expression of appreciation to Dr. Druker by clicking on the "Sigh Guestbook" link at the right.
Mark & Ellen Newman
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | NC
Thank you for pursuing your research against all odds to discover Gleevec. We read the article about you in Smithsonian May issue. What surprised me most is that you had no personal connection to CML. Thats why I think its a miracle that you discovered Gleevec. My husband was dx 2005. He's still on 400 mg/daily. But the side effects are ongoing, esp. the stomach issues, fatigue & swelling of eyes. Hoping you might continue to work on finding a cure. Your brilliance and tenacity are amazing.
Monday, 15 August 2011 | Ireland
10 years on Glivec & still doing well....thank you for your wonderful work and the opportunity to see life afresh
Monday, 09 May 2011 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Thank you for making it possible to celebrate another mother's day with my mom.
Bruce D. Collins
Thursday, 05 May 2011 | Washington, DC
I just finished reading, "The Triumph of Dr. Druker" in the current issue of Smithsonian magazine. I recommend it to all CML patients and their families who think they know something about Dr. Druker and the story of Gleevic. I was DXed in January 2002 and have been a student of Gleevic since then; I became active in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society first as a runner in its TNT program and more recently as a member of the board of the National Capital Area Chapter. I was surprised at how much I learned from the article. The story of Dr. Druker is well told, and the science of CML is clearly explained with very helpful illustrations.
Over the years I've benefitted from Dr. Druker's advice through his continuing research, and even directly when I was able to talk to him by phone during an LLS-sponsored CML seminar. Not a day goes by that I don't appreciate Dr. Druker's work -- having to take that orange pill every day helps. I've been CML-free for 9 years and expect to be so for quite a while. As Dr. Druker once told me, I'll probably die with it rather than from it.
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 | Columbia, S.C.
I've been on Gleevec for nine years now and am happy to be doing well. I just attended my youngest daughter's graduation from the University of Michigan (grad school). Without your perseverance and belief in yourself (I just read about you in Smithsonian magazine), I could not have enjoyed this precious moment and many others like it in the last few years.
Monday, 27 September 2010 | Port Charlotte, FL
Thank you Dr. Druker for saving so many lives and for all of your hard work and dedication to this cause. You truly are an angel on earth.
Friday, 27 August 2010 | Randfontein Republic of South Africa
Thank you Dr Druker. I do not see any messages from South Africa, but this one does and just to be grateful for people like you.
Sunday, 02 May 2010 | Rockhampton, Australia
Dear Dr Druker, Thank you doesn't seem to say enough. Your many years of hard work and dedication have lead to so many CML patients like me being here today. My family and my young music students say thank you too. But especially, I say thank you for persisting for us. We are considered a minority in the big scheme of things but I don't feel unimportant. I'm glad I still have many years to live now.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 | India
Hello Dr. Druker
Thanks a lotttttttt for glivec.
My husband was diagoned with CML in Jan 2009 and has been on glivec since then. It was more than a year only to our marriage when he was diagonsed with CML. I was scared to the hell, ddnt wanna loose him... and then came to know about glivec thru novartis...
Thanks a lot and lot and lot for you effort many people are indebted to you for this.
Thanks and GOD BLESS YOU
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 | Florida
There is not enough words to express my appreciation for your hardwork and vision which made us fight leukemia back with best target drug therapy. I have been diagonised back in 2003 and start with 400 mg gleevec right after. Thank you again and GOD BLESS you.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 | LaSalle, Ontario Canada
Although we have never met, I wanted to express my gratitude for all your research and time spent on finding a cure for CML. As a newly diagnosed patient in blast crisis, at the young age of 44, I thought all hope was lost for a future with my husband and children...I have been on 800 mg of Gleevec per day since Dec 3/09 and am doing better than my Dr. here had ever expected...after 6 days on the meds I was at a .94 log reduction and now after just a couple of months I have had a 2.82 log reduction...although I know that a BMT is most likely in my future - I thank God everyday for Gleevec and what it has done for me in such a short time...
No words can express my appreciation for all that you have done and continue to do for the CML community...
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 | REYNOLDS STATION , KY
Thank you so much for everything you have done for CML patients.My husband was dx 1-10-07.He was forty at the time. Thank you so much for all the hard work, words can't express how grateful we are!!!!
Thursday, 19 November 2009 | U.K.
On behalf of the Pester family, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your dedication and support to all CML patients. Our daughter Michelle, was diagnosed in Sept 09 at the age of 29, she is responding well to Glivec. We are very fortunate to have this treatment today, so thank you once again.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 | Northern Arkansas
Although it may sound strange, but I view my present situation with a mixture of bad luck immediately followed by good luck. As a friend put it when I was first diagnosed,"if you've got to have it, at least you got the right one".
There is only one reason for this anomaly. That reason is you Dr. Druker.
Thank you Dr. Druker, although like most of those who you have effected so significantly, we will probably never meet, but know that many of us know what it is you have done for each of us.
Thanks for your caring and efforts. Without both we would not have this time, (however long that may be) to enjoy our life & families. It has now been 6 yrs. and appears to be many more ahead.
It must be a strange feeling for you to know how many people you have saved. Just maybe, the gratitude we have, can make up in some small way for the years you devoted our life to it's development.
Friday, 06 November 2009 | Florida
Thank you for all the tireless work you did to get gleevec to the market.
My son was diagnosed two years ago. He is now pcru and has a three month old healthy son of his own.
You have taken time to respond to my emails a couple of times and your words of advice have been very important.
Again from the bottom of my family's heart, thank you very much.
Friday, 06 November 2009 | United States
Thank you so much for your work with CML, I was diagnosed at age 50. Its been 3 yrs and at the time I was diagnosed, it was very scary times. Look forward to new generations of meds and look forward to many more years.
Thursday, 05 November 2009 | Columbia,SC
I can't express how thankful I am for you and what you do ! May God continue to bless you and your family.
Your online patient.
Thursday, 05 November 2009 | NYC
You are saving peoples lives on a daily basis. You are not merely improving averages or survival rates but actual lives. These are people that live, love, cry and feel. You have saved so many lives including that of someone very near and dear to my heart and for that I am forever grateful. Who knows if anyone would have stumbled upon and seen G through completion years later, had it not been for your efforts.
We meet many people in life, some are friends and other are merely acquaintances. Some names immediately ring a bell while others are merely foggy recollections. I've never met you in person - although I'd like to, only if to shake your hand - but your name is one that I will never forget. It will always sound familiar and remind me of a very difficult time in my life... but one that I got through in no small part thanks to your perseverance and hard work.
Hats off Brian, my best to you and yours!
Thursday, 05 November 2009 | Morris Plains, NJ
Dr. Druker, Thank you so much for giving my husband his life!! It has been almost 3 years since he was diagnosed at the age of 49. It was a terrible time when we found out, we have three kids and two were in college. I can't imagine how our lives would be today without your hard work and dedication to this drug. You are truly an incrediable individual and our family is forever grateful. Joey
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 | UK
Thank you so much for your time and expertise in helping to progress the treatment of CML. I was diagnosed on 9/9/09 and I appreciate how lucky I am to have Imatinib.
YOU ARE A GOD!
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 | nashville, tn.
:cool: dear dr.d--congrats on the cool prize--could the nobel be far behind?(you're probably a little young yet!) thanks...bf
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 | Aurora, CO
Thank you Dr Druker! There aren't any words that can help me express how grateful I am to you for your hard work and dedication in developing Glivec. You are a rare human being and deserve every reward that you have received or will receive.
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 | Barnegat, N.J.
Dear Dr.Druker: We have all been blessed to have you in our life, and to work so hard toward a cure for CML.
Its 11 years for me since diagnosis, and God Willing I hope to still be here when that cure is found.
God Bless You for all your work as well as all the compassion that you show to all of us. Your always there to answer any questions we might have.
Jo-Dee S. McKibben
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 | Tippecanoe, Ohio
Dear Dr. Druker!!
I am so thankful for you. I have been on Gleevec, 400mg, for 21 months and I have no leukemia in my blood!!! My number is .000.
May the Lord bless you always,
Monday, 28 September 2009
Thank you for extending so many people lives.
It is "Godliness" to give extend and give life and you have done that.