Last week’s cover story by Barbara Figge Fox on Lee Eric Newton’s battle with bladder cancer — assisted by his enrollment in a clinical trial for a new drug that uses personalized cancer immunotherapy to strengthen the body’s resistance to cancer, attracted lots of attention. Newton has asked us to set aside some papers, so that he can hand one out to people inquiring about his remarkable case.
An online comment, posted at www.princetoninfo.com, came from Frank Wiener:
“The Newtons were neighbors of mine, and they continue to be an extraordinary family. As a cancer patient with a relatively rare form of the disease, I don’t understand why it should be so difficult for patients to enroll in clinical trials, some of which can be life saving.
“My own ‘miracle medicine’ is called iminatib mesalyte, and, so far, it has kept the monster away, thanks also to the excellent care I received from Paul Lacava, my internist, and John Sierocki, my oncologist, at Princeton Medical Group, and from surgeon Dr. Chris Gannon at Capital Health in Hopewell. Thank you!
“Although I may be of a different faith from your reporter, I agree that the cancer experience has served to strengthen my faith, as well as my sense of self-reliance. Keep fighting, Eric, and always maintain your positive attitude as well as your sense of humor, which is most important. God bless.”
We should also note that the Newton’s treatment has come at great cost — in work opportunities lost and in time and travel expenses to New York-based treatment centers. He has established a “crowd funding” website at gofundme.com/NewtonLifeSupport.
One error in the story: We referred to a phase III trial. It should have been phase II.
Another story that has continued to circulate is E.E. Whiting’s November 11 profile of the Landau clothing store on Nassau Street, marking 101 years in business. The story pointed out that Landau often commissioned Princeton-based artists to help market its goods. Among them: Architect Michael Graves, and New Yorker magazine contributors Lonnie Sue Johnson and Henry Martin.
Last week Robert Landau shared with us a hand-written note he and his brother had received from the cartoonist Henry Martin, now living in a senior living community in Newtown, Pennsylvania:
“Dear Robert and Henry,
“A fellow resident here at Pennwood gave me a copy of the great article about you from U.S. 1. Needless to say it brought back lots of good memories of my days in Princeton: Landau’s, S.A.V.E., and Nassau Street. I passed the article on for my daughter to read. Daughter Jane was and still is a great friend of Joann Stiefel, who worked for you, and she passed the article on to her.
“I hope you are both well and I know the store is still thriving. All the best for a very happy 2016.”
When the number crunchers in circulation and advertising talk about a publication, they spout all sorts of statistics. One that is harder to measure is pass along readership. We are pleased to hear that our little publication, delivered entirely by hand on publication day, nevertheless manages to show up in far away places.