A VERY PERSONAL FUNDRAISER FOR MSS-CRC IMMUNOTHERAPY

Cover photo by Ariana Drehsler for STAT.  Source: STAT News – here.

As you know I work with MANY different CRC organizations – The WunderGlo Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, COLONTOWN, The Colon Club, the Colon Cancer Alliance etc – all are doing many great advocacy (and in the case of WunderGlo a purely CURE RESEARCH focus) projects in their own way. Because I work for so many – fundraising would get very complicated – so in general I don’t fundraise for them, I instead help them in other unique ways in my role as a scientist.

Avoiding that complication, I have decided to set up a very unique personal fundraiser for a specific and focused project incredibly near & dear to my scientific heart. Many of you know that I am VERY FORTUNATE in that I have at my disposal INCREDIBLE SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES to go after my own PERSONALIZED IMMUNOTHERAPY PROJECT the past few years.

I have written about it extensively in this blog (for example here) and I honestly think this is a component to the future of cancer treatment, especially for hard to treat cancers like MSS-CRC.  This project was also written about in an excellent news story last Fall in STAT News.

I have always felt guilty that I have these incredible scientific resources available to me whereas my close CRC friends (and indeed the entire broader MSS-CRC patient community!) does not.

MY NEW FUNDRAISER’S GOAL IS TO CHANGE THAT.

It raises money for a NON-PROFIT endeavor called THE CENTER FOR PRECISION IMMUNOTHERAPY PROJECT. It is a joint venture between the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (preclinical) and UCSD-Moores Cancer Center (Clinical).  In terms of preclinical research, the donations will fund the research of the preclinical project leader Stephen Schoenberger at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.  His preclinical data will then funnel into the clinical aspect of the project.

2016-09_STAT News Stephen Schoenberger

Photo of Stephen Schoenberger by Ariana Drehsler for STAT.  Source: STAT News – here.

THE PROJECT’S ENTIRE GOAL: TO BRING TO NUMEROUS PATIENTS THE SAME PERSONALIZED IMMUNOTHERAPY RESEARCH AND PLANNED EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS THAT WERE OFFERED TO ME. It’s scientific & medical goal – to be a hub for personalized immunotherapy RESEARCH and TREATMENT.

ONE OF THE CANCERS IT WILL INTENTIONALLY & STRONGLY FOCUS ON IS MSS-CRC!

OF NOTE: The STAT News story only mentions personalized therapeutic vaccines. THE CENTER FOR PRECISION IMMUNOTHERAPY PROJECT plans both personalized vaccine as well as cellular therapies.

Please consider giving to this research cause – even small dollar amounts help – especially in the current challenging research funding environment. Since it is non-profit, gifts are tax-deductible.

As a scientist, although it is highly experimental, I believe it is may be a very key component of the future of MSS-CRC treatment. I can’t tell you how much joy it brings to my heart to work to help make this cutting edge science – that I have been so fortunate to have been made available to me – to be potentially available to the broader MSS-CRC community first via clinical trials and then hopefully eventually via standard of care therapies.

With full sincerity thank you for reading and considering… and as a scientist-patient-advocate, I need to end with… TO LIFE!

To donate: https://www.classy.org/checkout/donation?eid=126354 NOTE: If reading on a phone, it needs to be in landscape/sideways orientation for this page to fully show.

2017-04_Donation Graphic to the Center for Precision Immunotherapy

To Life!

Tom Marsilje

12 Comments on “A VERY PERSONAL FUNDRAISER FOR MSS-CRC IMMUNOTHERAPY

  1. I am one of those patients. I have been unable to find a trial worthwhile, so I gratefully appreciate your perseverance! to life

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      • Thank you for all of the time and effort that you have put into MSS Immunotherapy, My daughter was recently diagnosed with KRAS mutation & MSS. Everything that you accomplish will benefit the thousands of people with MSS tumors and we are eternally grateful for all of your hard work. I have made a donation!

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  2. Tom,
    My husband, John, was diagnosed in September with stage IV colon cancer. His mets are subcentimeter but are on his liver, spine, lungs, and lymph. He is responding excellent to treatment but will never me a surgical patient. He is a father of five, and our daughter is getting married the end of June. His hope is in an immunotherapy. We are Penn University in Philadelphia. I made a donation for him and for all who are awaiting the cure. It is coming, we have to keep you all safe until it does! God Bless
    Mary D.

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  3. May I suggest adding paypal as a donation option.
    If its there, I didn’t see it, but will look again (5 years later still have brain fog!).

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  4. Done Tom. Thanks to you and Stephen for all you do for this cause!

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  5. Is it possible to make a donation and also participate in the project?

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    • Hi Kathy, It is possible to do both but I have to stress that they are completely separate – in other words, your decision to make (or not make!) a donation will not have a positive or negative impact on your ability/possibility to enter the clinical trial. The last timeline I heard was that they are shooting for approx. the end of 2017 to initiate the clinical trial at UCSD-Moores Cancer Center. The best way to stay tuned is by joining the COLONTOWN CLINIC which will monitor the start of this trial like it does for all CRC trials. Take care, Tom

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      • I was just wondering if there is any way that I could get in early. They are not giving me much time. If not, I will definitely keep my eyes out for the clinical trial. Also, thank you for the MSS CRC clinical trial list and for doing the publicity with The San Diego Tribune. My dad forwarded me the article and the list has been a god send. I don’t know how I would work through the clinical trial maze on my own. I just know something is going to pop up for me and I’ll be dancing at my granddaughter’s wedding (she’s being born in 4 weeks).

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