Hello dear friends and family, and all of you sweet souls out there who have donated to the cause!
I am delighted to give you this breaking news from the Peabody Fund. Thanks to your collective generosity and an unexpected gift, I can report the following:
$197,000 Peabody Fund donations + $1,000,000 Strauss Family donation = FUNDED!
Before I give you all the details, I want to say this is the best example of putting your wants and wishes out into the universe, making them known, praying for them, and asking all of your loved ones to help. If you want something badly enough, it will happen!
This week we received the incredible news that Iris and Matthew Strauss of San Diego have generously donated $1,000,000 for the development of the personalized cancer vaccine trial led by Dr. Ezra Cohen, my oncologist and fierce cancer-elimination leader! The Strausses have been huge supporters of UCSD, founding the Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer Center in memory of their youngest daughter, Stefanie.
Their gift, along with the donations from the Peabody Fund, will support the personal cancer vaccine trial led by Dr. Ezra Cohen, professor of medicine and associate director for Translational Science at Moores Cancer Center. This is the most cutting-edge cancer research happening today. I believe Dr. Cohen said it best, “This is the first time a trial like this has been done. The idea of a personalized vaccine that can be applied to all types of cancer by activating the immune cells is unprecedented.”
To give you a recap on how this works, every cancer has a different molecular makeup based on the specific mutations and other genetic alterations within the tumor cells. And each person’s immune system will respond to different stimuli in disparate ways. In order to make the treatment work, they will develop a precise vaccine therapy that combines the uniqueness of an individual’s cancer with the particular message needed to activate their immune system to fight the toxic cells. As I have said before, this isn’t about breast cancer or prostate cancer or head and neck cancer; this is about YOUR cancer. (and MY cancer!)
With the money we have raised through Generosity.com and the Peabody Fund, combined with the Strauss family donation, there are now funds to support eleven patients in this groundbreaking trial. But we want to continue our fundraising efforts! With each additional patient in the trial, we are able to help another family and gather more data to benefit the science. If we can raise another $30,000 we can add a twelfth patient to the trial. The greater the number of participants, the better!
To make a donation, please visit our site at Generosity.com or donate directly to the UCSD fund page. And please like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram, and if you’re inclined, share, share, share!!
We cannot begin to express our gratitude to the Strauss family for their generous donation. The future of cancer treatment is just around the corner.
All my love and gratitude for your support and your generous donations, you truly made this happen!
The press release for the Strauss donation follows: