Immune to Cancer: The CRI Blog




CRI Celebrates a Future #Immune2Cancer on June 12

On Friday, June 12, 2020, the global cancer community joined the Cancer Research Institute’s annual awareness day to amplify the lifesaving potential of immunotherapy. Scientists wore lab coats; doctors wore white coats; and patients, caregivers, and advocates wore white in honor of their cancer-fighting white blood cells. 

Hundreds of cancer immunotherapy stories, research projects, and messages of love and support are found across social media with the hashtag #Immune2Cancer. During a global pandemic, participants found creative ways to gather and share, including Zoom meeting screenshots, a cleverly cut video, and photos of family and friends holding signs.  

Seven-time Olympic Medal Gymnast Shannon Miller shared her personal story as a cancer survivor and the importance of raising awareness of the lifesaving potential of cancer immunotherapy.


Today we celebrate a future immune to cancer, we celebrate the amazing scientists and clinicians that are fighting each day to find a cure and find better therapies for all cancers. My skill set includes tumbling on a balance beam, not curing cancer. But as a survivor, as the daughter of a survivor, a friend of so many survivors, I hope to continue to raise awareness of the importance of research so that these incredible people can continue to help us fight the good fight each and every day. Immunotherapy is critical in the battle against all cancers. Join me today for a Future Immune To Cancer! #Immune2Cancer #survivorship #cancer #thrivership #ovariancancer #CIM20

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CRI Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Hao Wu and her lab at Harvard Medical School shared a Zoom group photo. 

CRI CLIP Investigator Scientist Dr. Stanley Huang and team wear white at Case Western Reserve University. 

CRI Supporter Nicholas has been fundraising for CRI annually since 2016, and this year, he and his community raised over $15,000 for CRI!  

In our patient community, Alan Kaufman shared how immunotherapy saved his life.

Ariella Chivil shared her picture from our campaign and emphasized how a clinical trial saved her life.  

Cancer patient and advocate Kate Bowler, a professor at Duke University, author, and podcaster of Everything Happens for a Reason, shares her story of why she wears white and reinforces the need for scientific research in her video.  


The Cancer Research Institute has asked us to imagine something that seems impossible for folks like me, a future without cancer. So I've chosen a shirt from the unbelievably talented Morgan Harper Nicols @morganharpernichols. For all those of you who bless the fragile, the precarious, the people without imagination for their futures, bless you. Thank you for being on the side of the losing team. And for all of us who dream of a world without "winning" and "losing," and who forge on in battles for health and equality and justice that they may never see the end of, bless you. May we find, even if we never see the finish line, that we, like Morgan, have imagined a fruitful season where "she will do beautiful things." #immune2cancer

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Cancer Immunotherapy Month sponsors, including Alkermes, Cellectis, and Nektar, proudly showed staff in official t-shirts, proceeds from which support CRI scientific research programs.

Lastly, we cannot forget about animals that contributed to the campaign. 

Margaux of Immunotherapy Foundation and her dog Shadow wore white to support our efforts in raising awareness of immunotherapy. 

Messages continued into the weekend, and you can review all the posts by checking our gallery or following the hashtag #Immune2Cancer on InstagramTwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and YouTube. Special thanks to our entire community—supporters, partners, scientists, health care professionals, patients, caregivers, and advocates—for your participation in raising awareness of the lifesaving potential of cancer immunotherapy. Together, we can create a Future #Immune2Cancer. There are still more ways to get involved. Explore other activities during Cancer Immunotherapy Month this June. 


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