When we launched our foundation in September 2010 we had a bold vision – to accelerate the pace of pediatric cancer research and change the way childhood cancers are treated and cured. To accomplish this, we figured we needed to do a few things: create a movement, establish a vital partnership with the Center, and take our mission outside of Seattle. Two of these goals are well underway, so we figured it was time to take our show on the road!
A key reason to do this is because the work that is being done right now at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research has the potential to affect children across the United States and potentially the world. The Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research is the only facility in the Western U.S. with the infrastructure (GMP facility) to manufacture T-cell therapy for children diagnosed with cancer. Together with Center Director, Dr. Michael Jensen, we envision a day when children are cured of cancer without the devastating side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. When this comes to fruition it will truly be a revolution in the treatment of pediatric cancer.
In this video that many of you have seen, you can see our friends Dana and Frank and Sarah and Ryan – representing Boise, Idaho. Having received dozens of donations from Boise, we knew it was just a matter of time before we had an event there. Last Thursday we enjoyed a lovely evening in Boise. The event was hosted at the beautiful home of our family friends Howard and Becky. Dana and Frank, Sarah and Ryan, and Kate and Bill were vital in inviting and bringing their friends and colleagues to the event. After enjoying cocktails, appetizers and desserts for an hour, guests gathered to listen to our program. We were about five minutes into our content when a huge hailstorm completely shut down the power. While we are both fairly decent speakers, some of the more important content lay in our video presentations – so to say we scrambled would be an understatement. But somehow we managed to convey what we had hoped and the audience was incredibly gracious. The party continued into the dark of the night – with candlelight bouncing off the walls. A lovely time was had by all – despite Mother Nature’s interruption. I am guessing it will at least be something people remember!
Thank you so much to everyone who attended. We were grateful for your presence and willingness to take time out of your Thursday night to be with us and to learn more about Ben Towne Foundation’s mission. Our immense gratitude to our incredible friends for helping us put together this evening and helping us to raise awareness for this work. We look forward to returning there in the future!