The Emily Whitehead Foundation
The Emily Whitehead Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds to invest in the most promising pediatric cancer research. The foundation also hopes to provide support to pediatric cancer patients and will promote awareness of the disease through education and sharing inspiring stories.
The CAR-TCR Summit love having The Emily Whitehead Foundation talk at our Summit. Hear them talk between 9.15 – 9.45am, Thursday September 7th.
For more information, please visit www.emilywhitehead.com
Doug Olson, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 1996.
For six years he endured what is known as “watch and wait” meaning he was not treated but was monitored frequently for signs that the cancer had advanced. After 6 years he had to undergo chemotherapy, followed by 5 years of remission. But in 2009 the cancer returned and this time he did not respond to treatment.
In September 2010, Olson became one of the first patients to undergo an experimental therapy known as CAR T-cell therapy, an innovative approach supported by funding from LLS.
Doug now wants to share his story to remind everyone that while breakthrough therapies are saving lives, work still needs to be done to find cures.
For further information, please visit www.lls.org/someday-is-today/stories/doug-olson
A terminally ill young football fan who has been taken under the wing of major players could be given a new treatment. Bradley Lowery, from Blackhall, County Durham, who has neuroblastoma, is being considered for a cell therapy trial. A message on the five-year-old’s campaign website said he had “a tough week” and was “not too grand”. The new treatment was “still in the very early stages but it has shown promise in other types of cancer”, it said.
Bradley’s parents had a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital to sign consent for the new CAR T-cell trial, they said. The five-year-old has led out the England team at Wembley and his home team of Sunderland. He was also invited to the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year show.
For further information, please visit www.bradleylowerysfight.org.uk