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.
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!
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