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In Vino Vita – In Wine, Life!

Posted Apr 24, 2017 in General

Last Saturday, Out of The Blue Productions attended as the proud video sponsor of In Vino Vita, Fox Chase Cancer Center’s signature fundraising event. In one single night, over 2 million dollars was raised to benefit patient care and research at Fox Chase.

Out of the Blue has worked with Fox Chase for many, many years now, and every time it has been an honor to work together. This experience was particularly humbling, as we helped tell the story of the importance of pilot funding in cancer research. Pilot funding is the (relatively) small amount of seed money that allows researchers to begin exploring new ideas and gather the data necessary to apply for NIH or other larger grants. A very simplified explanation of how new cancer treatments come about goes something like this : A researcher has an idea -> The researcher secures pilot funding -> The researcher uses the pilot funding to gather data and test hypotheses -> The researcher uses this data to secure larger grants -> The researcher continues collecting data and leverages that data into beginning clinical trials. In essence, pilot funding allows researchers to take the first step in a very exciting, and possibly world-changing journey of discovery.

As we were creating the video, we spoke to over a dozen young oncology investigators, hearing their passions and ideas, and how important this seed money is in bringing their ideas to life. One of the stories we were able to showcase in the video was that of a recent clinical trial run by Dr. Elias Obeid for patients with stage IV triple negative metastatic breast cancer. The pilot funding given by a donor who was a former patient led to another grant which led to a clinical trial for patients who had this deadly, and very difficult to treat type of cancer.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Dr. Obeid and “participant number one” and “participant number 2” from the clinical trial stood to a standing ovation. Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Obeid and his team at Fox Chase and the generosity of the pilot funding donor, these patients were around to join us at the Vino Vita Gala.

Watch the video here to learn more about why supporting pilot funding is a catalyst to conquering cancer.

If you feel inspired to give, there is also a link here for that as well!