Donald and Patricia Camp of Colchester have decided to fund a new cancer research fellowship using malpractice settlement funds, calling the fellowship the Cody Camp Fellowship for Burkitt’s Lymphoma at New York Medical College.
Donald and Pat’s son, Cody, was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma in September 2006. He came under the care of physicians at a CT Hospital. His cancer initially responded well to chemotherapy and his prognosis was excellent. Unfortunately, Cody passed away during his treatments. The family was represented by Paul Iannaccone of the Hartford law firm of RisCassi & Davis, P.C.
“Cody really touched the hearts of everyone at RisCassi & Davis, P.C. Helping Donald, Pat and Brianna became the goal of the entire firm”, said Paul Iannaccone.
RisCassi & Davis, P.C. was able to secure Dr. Mitchell Cairo, Chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation at New York Medical College as an expert on behalf of the Camp family in addition to three other internationally recognized experts. Dr. Cairo chaired the research study group that developed the chemotherapy protocol used to treat Cody. He remains a leading researcher in the field of children’s cancer. Donald and Patricia Camp are now using a portion of the proceeds of a settlement obtained on their behalf to fund a Research Fellowship under Dr. Cairo’s guidance at New York Medical College.
“Dr. Cairo is really an extraordinary man. His research and the work of the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund have made a difference in the way we understand and treat childhood cancers. The Camp family was comforted by knowing that Cody’s loss will help children and families struggling with cancer. For my part, it is extremely rewarding to see concrete evidence of your hard work”, said Iannaccone.