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The Color WHITE

April 16, 2014 | Alexandra Mulvey

We sometimes get a confused look. What does WHITE stand for and what does it have to do with cancer? Well, here’s the run down:

  • Immunotherapy has the potential to help patients with almost any type of cancer. WHITE, therefore, stands for all of the colors that cancers represent:

    Take it all together, it’s WHITE.
  • WHITE stands for support for scientists and clinicians in their white coats who work every day to discover new treatments and bring them to patients. We are currently funding and working with 125 scientists—from postdoctoral fellows to assistant professors to cancer immunotherapy experts—who are all working to bring you the next cancer treatment, and that doesn’t count the nearly 3,000 we have funded already. WHITE is what they live, day in and day out.
  • WHITE also stands for the white blood cells—our immune cells—that we are galvanizing in the fight against cancer. Macrophages, T cells, B cells…they all work hard to keep cancer in check, and it’s what we do to make them come alive again when cancer rears its head.

So there it is. All cancers, supporting scientists and clinicians worldwide, and all with our own white blood cells. That’s what WHITE means.

So come celebrate Cancer Immunotherapy Month, get your T-shirt and White Out Cancer™ on June 6, 2014, and tell your friends. One day, we will see cancer conquered, within our lifetimes, because of immunotherapies!

Now pass it on.

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