Mothers are the most-honored family members around the world for their selflessness and the love they give to their children. That’s why this year, NewsOne will provide a number of daily posts about Mothers until Mother’s Day. Enjoy!
A Florida mother dying from breast cancer will get a drug that can potentially extend her life thanks to a YouTube video uploaded by her family, the New York Daily News reports.
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Darlene Gant, wife of former Tampa Bay NFL player Brian Gant, used the YouTube video to ask viewers to petition a California-based company that produces the cancer drug Pertuzumab to allow her to use it before it is approved by the Food And Drug Administration (FDA).
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Gant got her wish.
She received the drug from the pharmaceutical company Genentech, who submitted an application for the drug to the FDA in December. A Genentech representative said that, after receiving a emails about Gant’s YouTube video, the company asked their doctors whether or not they could give Gant the drug for “compassionate use.”
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“I feel so blessed and I do thank the outpouring of support from people all over the globe. It’s totally wild,” the Brooklyn-born Gant told The Daily News in a phone interview from her Tampa Bay home.
Gant told the Daily News that she is looking forward to spending Mother’s Day with her son and mother, who live in Middletown, New York.
“She was very sad and depressed before, and waiting to die,” Gant’s mom Elaine Steiner told the Daily News. “But now she’s waiting to live.”