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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2012/07/01 06:47:59 (permalink)
I lost my sister in a traffic accident back in 1998. My condolences to you and your family in this time of grief.

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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2012/07/03 08:02:08 (permalink)
Thanks for the kind words and prayers.
I'm back home now and will start firing the rigs up.


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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2012/07/03 15:18:19 (permalink)
Please,accept my condolences. I very sorry to hear about the loss of your sister.

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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2012/07/03 16:50:21 (permalink)
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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2012/09/29 21:40:45 (permalink)
Quite a long time ago I ran Seti and then, for a few years, stopped running distributed computing software.  When Stanford sent out an email about [link=mailto:folding@home]folding@home[/link] it looked to me like a much more likely way of making a difference by donating my computing power.  I have now been folding for many years.
Recently a long known co-worker of mine was diagnosed wiht cancer.  He was 65 and went on extended medical leave.  Soon that coverage ran out and LTD (long term disability) coverage was looked at.  Since he was 65 he was forced to retire... retire while in the hospital!  We visited for about a month and then were asked not to, he was losing the battle and his family was with him. 
Yeserday he passed.
I didn't start folding because I knew someone who had passed, I have been lucky that way.  I suppose I began folding beacause I knew that at some time I might. 
RIP Bruce.

  
 
  
 
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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2012/10/08 07:04:18 (permalink)
Very sorry to hear about your friend's passing Codeblue.    I've lost three friends (co-workers of 20+ years) to cancers the past couple of years.  That is one disease that I long to see defeated.  Thanks for sharing "why you Fold".



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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2012/11/09 09:33:30 (permalink)
Well I figured I would say Hi. I am not new to EVGA but I started folding this week. After getting some settings sorted out it's going well. I have several members of my family that have or have had cancer so hopefully we can make some progress in that and other areas. Now I just need to get my act together and start overclocking my 990x lol. My folding rig is my companies CAD / FEA machine hence the name split if anyone was curious.
post edited by gsxtacy - 2012/11/09 09:35:39

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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2013/02/08 04:33:21 (permalink)
I Fold for my grandfather who died from complications of alzhimers
 
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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2013/03/20 15:29:22 (permalink)
I started folding just a few weeks ago at EVGA. The community here has really opened the door for me to use my existing computers to try to cure diseases. I have three family members that have died of cancer. Most recently was my grandmother. I currently have three families friends who at battling various types of cancer. I hope that some day all the dedication of time and resources of the many people her at EVGA and other teams can find a cure that can save lives.


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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2013/03/22 12:51:28 (permalink)
Thank you for sharing Mike, I'm sorry for your loss. It's a terrible disease, one that should be wiped away. I hope to see the day that it is curable.
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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2013/07/08 10:17:12 (permalink)
I would love to fold more but I just can't afford a higher electric bill
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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2013/10/13 15:13:59 (permalink)
Why I fold?
 
Simple. I have been impacted from blood relatives, to friends I have grown up with, to friends I have made in this community. I know he would not want me to say this, but the purchase of the two 4P rigs I made was directly because of wrinvert. He is directly impacted by this cause and with everything in his life, he gives so much back to the people in his life everyday. I have not met Todd in person yet, but he has opened his heart and wallet to many members in this community. He does not ask anything in return, yet he has every right to or could. he has bad days and he has good. No matter what day it is, I still get to game with him, shoot the crap with him on TS and that is what matters.
 
He is humble in his journey in life. I do not believe in GOD but I do know whatever happens, Todd will be taken care of. I consider him a great friend in the little over a year I have known him, through the fun we have had gaming and chatting in TS and on the phone. He would do anything for anyone on this forum and in real life. He has indirectly pushed me, without him knowing it.
I fold for a cure, I fold for many, but I mainly fold for Todd.
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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2013/10/17 11:19:50 (permalink)
Why do I fold?
 
At first it was for evga bucks honestly.  That was about 3 years ago I think it ended after 2 months.  Recently a friend of mines daughter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. She's 9 months old and currently receiving chemotherapy after a successful surgery.  I feel so bad for him, his wife and 2 year old son.  I read an article about the folding game figuring out a protein that could help with HIV.  I remembered this community from 3 years ago, hooked up my extra work computer to the external DSL, installed folding@home on it and plugged away.  It's been running for two days and I have no intention of turning it off, especially since this friend of mine is also my boss.
 
Anything I can do while being supportive is what's most important.
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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2013/12/30 20:48:05 (permalink)
I fold for my grandmother who passed many years ago. She had what they simply called at the time "dementia"
Looking back, now I'm sure it was Alzheimer's. Who knows though, really? I may be folding for myself as well.....
And all my Human Race relatives out there (about 7.134 Billion of them!)
 
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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2014/01/14 09:30:30 (permalink)
Diabetes runs in my family, and actually got me after I started folding again at the age of 25. I have three children, and if folding protein has anything to do with diabetes, like they say it does, then I will fold for my children :)
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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2014/02/11 14:32:31 (permalink)
I just started folding.  Never knew this was something that I could do until I joined this forum.  Always been a technology nut, but wish I knew about this before.  May look into my and my wife's laptops joining the folding mission.  Anyway, my reasons behind this are many.  My family has been ravaged with cancer.  My mother and father both came from big families, 9 and 13 respectively.  Of those 48, including grandparents and spouses, 22 have died from some form of cancer.  My mother was taken with lung cancer because of her smoking addiction.  My father passed from dementia, although they could never diagnose it as Alzheimer's, as I would never want anyone to watch that happen to someone they loved which was a brutal experience.  One that still impacts me today.  My brother-in-law recently passed from his bought with lung cancer in the summer of 2013, as it metastasized to his brain and that is what eventually got him.  Then my wife, who was diagnosed with her illness about two months before my brother-in-law, got breast cancer in 2007.  Her cancer was caught quickly enough and she has been cancer free since she finished chemo in the beginning of 2008.  This disease has impacted me greatly over the years, as I have personally witnessed many different forms dismantle people.  I feel compelled to help.  I have been very aggressive with my recent folding and have been going 100% from my rig for the last few days.  Might reconsider the percentage once I get my electric bill, but the heat from rig is heating my house, although I will doing this for the foreseeable future at some rate.  I must do what I can to help those who might get these diseases in the future or who have any form today.  Fold on!


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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2014/02/11 16:34:32 (permalink)
It's a "battle" Grey Beard that will eventually be won.  We have the most advanced computing power in the history of the world within our reach (in our homes).  So, with you and millions of others who pursue these cures we can and will make a difference.  Welcome to our team and I hope that you will go ahead and take that leap of faith into the battle with us! 



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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2014/02/11 17:24:32 (permalink)
I am all in texinga.  I am here do add to the ranks and do what I can for the long-term.  Glad to be part of team.


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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2014/02/11 18:22:41 (permalink)
Good stuff, glad to have you with us.  Don't be shy either.  We have a great team of friendly people who are very talented at getting the most performance from whatever you unleash on Folding, Crunching or whatever form of Distributed Computing you choose. 



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Re:Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2014/02/18 00:59:53 (permalink)
I honestly did not think much of the people I know when I started folding this past weekend. I was merely, to tell the truth, looking at Stanford's website in preparation for the harrowing university applications that will begin in just a few months.

As a high school student, I have gotten to know countless fellow classmates who struggle with autism. A delightful yet hapless boy in fifth grade, i remember reading to him every week. He was so isolated; every communication was futile, like a ping pong ball thrown at a brick wall. Countless others, all to differing extents but all living the same daily struggle. Laughed at and even shunned for their feeble grunts and cries and attempts at speech, it's just unfathomable.

Then there are the cancers. Every day, people talk about their friends, family members, 18th cousins 3 times removed who unsuccessfully fought lung, prostate or testicular cancer. Only when my aunt had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer did I really snap out of the dull disinterest that i had towards the illness. It was a scare alright, and although she is doing well, i an folding for her and the twelfth grade student in my school who is undergoing chemo for Hodgkin's lymphoma at this very moment.

I can't promise that i can break records with my budget-limited computing, but that certainly doesn't mean I can't try my best.
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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2014/03/26 17:40:21 (permalink)
This morning I lost my Aunt to Cancer..    I add her name to the scroll of the long list of reasons why I fold!
 
 




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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2014/08/28 08:53:04 (permalink)
One of my closest friends has been diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, and her mother is fighting cancer as well.

I always seem to find more reasons to fold.


 
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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2015/04/14 14:51:53 (permalink)
I fold because my Grandmother died of cancer of the Brain. Thus I started folding because of her memory on 06.09.06 for the Hard Forums.
 
Three years ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The Impact was a major one, and at 31 it was also a shock. It has been a life changing event for me, in more than one way. I can't lie and when say it was the hardest thing I have had to face in my life. The Major impact it had on my family was also vast.
I fold because I can. Because I feel like I'm doing something, even if it's a but a rain drop in the storm. If some day I can have made a difference, it's all I can ask for.
 
 
 
 

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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2015/05/17 13:21:06 (permalink)
I started folding in 2008 for no real reason but eventually forgot about folding when I changed rigs. I have just started folding again when I bought a EVGA GTX770 classified refurbished. I now have a very good reason to fold. For the last 6 years I have been dealing with Bladder Cancer, but as long as I get checked every three months and any new tumors found removed they tell me that I should still live a fairly normal life span. I was told that 20 years ago my diagnosis would have been a death sentence. Now though they run a maintenance program on me with checkups every three months. At first the tumors only came back every year and a half or so but this last year I have had to have surgery for new tumors every three months. This last year having 4 surgeries in one year is wearing down my energy as I don't have enough time to fully recover before I have to have another surgery. This last time Lat Monday 05/11/2015 they added a new chemo treatment that is supposed to kill any free floating cancer cells so that they can not drop back onto the lining of my bladder and grow again. I hope to hell that it works. I am getting tired all the time and I want my strength back.
 
That is why I now fold like a mad man!
 
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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2015/08/03 15:51:14 (permalink)
Helping a good cause by doing nothing except launching a program is pretty sweet. EVGA encouraging it with EVGA bucks is nice too!


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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2015/08/04 05:25:57 (permalink)
My family has suffered from some of the diseases that Folding @ Home helps with. The EVGA bucks are icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned. Electricy is cheap compared to the good that can come from our contributions.

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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2015/08/28 06:28:36 (permalink)
I became interested in when my grandfather was diagnosed with CJD.  It was terrible to watch a man, who was a man's man, a cowboy, and to me a modern hero of sorts, descend into an infantile state.  I visited him about a month before he died, and he never really "woke up" for anyone, but I think he realized I was there with my son, his great-grandson.  I think he mustered up everything he could to look at us then went back to sleep.
 
It's nice to be able to earn rewards for this, but I think the best reward is knowing if the work I donate will help someone not go through what Grandpa did.  This folding is for you, Grandpa.
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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2015/08/28 07:52:11 (permalink)
Cancer has been killing my Mother's family probably since the beginning of time. I am the first to be able to fight back and I'm not going to squander the opportunity especially when it's so easy for me to do.
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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2015/10/10 19:49:40 (permalink)
I Fold for many reasons. First and foremost is for the research itself. I know the more we understand the intricacies of how our bodies actually work then the more we'll be able to combat diseases and illnesses that plague us. And I know for a fact this research has been directly involved with new cures and discoveries that would not have been possible without it. And people like us.
I also have friends and family members who suffer, and have died, from maladies related to the types of illnesses this research is working hard to understand.
And thirdly, my daughter is a physician, and has dedicated her life to this exact type of research. Her decision to do so was based on me relating what little I knew about FAH to her. She was so impacted by this she pursued it whole-heartedly and based not only her doctorate on it, but her life and career. She has a theory (that the company she works for is backing her on and providing money and equipment) that if proved correct will surely change the entire medical profession as to how protein-related diseases are diagnosed and treated. I pray she is right!  
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Re: Why We Fold -- Daily Journal 2015/10/10 23:22:52 (permalink)
I will pray along with you 4thKor, thank you for sharing.



 
 
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