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Joseph Rick: A Second Chance at Life

Posted on July 22, 2015, 7:45 AM

Joseph Rick felt he was making progress toward a new path in life when he discovered a lesion on his right leg. He was soon diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In 2003, after undergoing several therapies and surgeries, Joseph was told to make “final arrangements.” But through a chance referral from a home health care aide, Joseph became one of the first patients treated with an experimental therapy that activated his own immune system specifically to fight his cancer. Watch his story below.

Joseph’s incredible response to the immunological therapy provided a “proof-of-concept” that opened up a promising new path in cancer immunology—one that the SU2C-CRI Immunology Dream Team is now investigating as a potential treatment for multiple types of cancer in addition to melanoma.

At SU2C, we know that over 1,600 lives are lost each day to cancer in the U.S. There is no time to waste. Every moment and every dollar counts when it comes to fighting cancer. With your help, we can create a world with more survivors like Joseph.

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