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I’Mmunotherapy: Stories of People Behind the Progress in Cancer Treatment

August 29, 2013 | Michelle Liew

Our community of scientists, donors, and other supporters all make it possible for us at the Cancer Research Institute to bring new life-saving therapies to cancer patients. By sharing our stories and working together, we can continue to fund innovative scientific discoveries and clinical trials that give patients the chance to know that, with immunotherapies, a cancer diagnosis isn’t something to be feared.

Through our “People Behind the Progress” series, you get to know the real people who are making discovery possible at CRI. We profile everyone from renowned scientists and generous donors to courageous patients and dedicated trustees and staff. They are but a few of the millions of people around the world who are trying to make a difference in the battle against cancer — in laboratories and hospitals, corporate boardrooms, and in their everyday lives.

Meet a few of these people who realize that the power to control cancer comes from within:

  • When Corrie Ann Painter, Ph.D., a mother of two, was diagnosed in 2010 with the rare and malignant cancer, angiosarcoma, she was determined to not become another statistic affected by the disease. Now, as a CRI postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Painter is studying how immune cells in zebrafish can fight against not only her cancer, but also other types of cancer.
  • Gene Ogle, a 58-year-old pancreatic cancer patient, didn’t want to give in to his fear of dying. Four years ago, he enrolled in a cancer immunotherapy clinical trial at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the cancer vaccine GVAX was used in combination with ipilimumab. Gene shared with us about his battle with pancreatic cancer and how the immunotherapy clinical trials helped him beat the odds and has allowed him to spend time with his grandchildren.
  • Dr. Keith Landesman, a cardiologist from Westport, CT, tragically lost his life to cancer in 2008. To honor his memory, the Green and Landesman families host their annual golf tournament and silent auction to support cancer research. This past May, their event raised nearly $91,000 for the Cancer Research Institute, which will support a young postdoctoral fellow studying Th17 cell plasticity to control colorectal cancer development.

Read their stories and many others in our community to learn what motivates them to keep fighting against cancer.

Very useful information. Thanks a lot for this!
9/20/2013 8:26:07 AM

Dr. Pullen
Thanks for these really inspirational anecdotes. People like these are examples we can all look up to and marvel.
9/4/2013 10:25:21 PM