Tennis mixer raises money to fund ‘cancer vaccine’ trial for Austin woman

Kristin Peabody and her son celebrate Mother’s Day. Peabody has a rare form of cancer. FAMILY PHOTO

A year after she and her business partner opened the Hiatus Spa in Dallas, Kristin Peabody was diagnosed with a rare form of parotid cancer, which affects the head and neck.

Peabody, who lived in Austin at the time, was pregnant with her son, so doctors designed a special crate to protect him during her treatment. Heaton was delivered early, and today is healthy.

But Peabody’s cancer came back in February, and she is no longer a candidate for chemotherapy and radiation. Today she lives in California, where she is undergoing treatment.

She’s been invited to participate in a trial study at the University of California San Diego called the Cancer Vaccine Project. Through the project, at least 10 patients will receive a personalized vaccine based on individual genomics and specific cancer mutations. (Read more about the cutting edge cancer research here.)

A tennis mixer and social on Friday will raise money to support the clinical trial, where she and nine other patients will receive experimental DNA-specific cancer vaccines.

The event, organized by her Austin friends and neighbors, starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Lost Creek Country Club, 2612 Lost Creek Boulevard.

Players and non-players are encouraged to attend. Anyone can bid on a silent and online auction of sports memorabilia signed by Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf and Andy Roddick, merchandise from the U.S. Open, spa retreat certificates, mandala art and Restore Cryotherapy gift certificates. The online auction closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 3. To bid, go here.

Tickets to the mixer are $20. For more information go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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