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RIDGEWOOD MAN WILL RUN FOR 24 HOURS TO HONOR FRIEND AND BRING AWARENESS TO THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF CHEMOTHERAPY

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Ridgewood NJ, 4 years ago Kerrie Prettitore, a 42 year old mother of 3, was diagnosed with colon cancer. She subsequently had successful surgery to remove the tumor. While recovering from surgery she began what was to be a routine, 6-month chemotherapy regimen. But after just one treatment, she became very ill and her condition quickly became life threatening. A test performed several weeks after the chemotherapy treatment revealed she had a condition known as DPD Deficiency (Dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase deficiency) which prevented her body from breaking down one of the chemotherapy drugs she received, 5-FU (fluorouracil).

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