6th Nov 2010 - Caribbean - Turks & Caicos
Fort Lauderdale & Lunch with Carlos Vallejos
The ECOG Meeting in Fort Lauderdale took us to the sun, when all the rest of the country were freezing. The hotel overlooked the beach and it was a welcome respite for me, even thought there was plenty of work to do. In between work (or perhaps as part of the work) I had 2 lovely social occasions - dinner with Dan Haller was again very entertaining, as always - we love to gossip together and there is always lots to chat about - a wonderful man. Also had lunch with Carlos Vallejos, a man that I very much admire - a Peruvian oncologist, after a successful career in MD Anderson, who returned to Peru and became Minister for Health, where he was able to effect much change for the better. We had a lovely lunch to talk about how we could do more together to get clinical trials to Peru and and thereby access to medicines for the millions of poor there. I have known him for a number of years and was blessed when he asked to have our photo taken together - something I have always wanted. He is a lovely man, a gentleman and yet has achieved so much for oncology in Peru. Although this is all work, it is a privilege and my pleasure indeed..........