Thank you for joining us for such a special evening of optimism and positivity, all in support of research being done at Providence Cancer Institute. Your generous gifts make an enormous difference for the communities we are privileged to serve.

Click through for a video of the full show, as well as select segments that are sure to both inspire and illuminate how your support is helping our researchers create hope for more cancer patients.

Inspiring Patient Stories

When Kathy Wilkes discovered she had metastatic pancreatic cancer, she knew immunotherapy was her best option. She found an article written by Eric Tran, Ph.D., and gave him a call. Then she travelled from Florida to Portland for a clinical trial - a clinical trial that has shown remarkable results.

Moi Wong found out she had cancer only a few months ago, but she has already exhausted standard treatment options. She felt like her other doctors had given up on her. But a clinical trial in adoptive cell therapy at Providence Cancer Institute is giving her hope.

Meet the researchers

Eric Tran, Ph.D., and Walter Urba, M.D., Ph.D., discussed the exciting potential of adoptive cell therapy and how Providence Cancer Institute is one of only a few centers worldwide doing this type of leading-edge immunotherapy research - providing hope for patients with incurable cancers.

Before the main program began, research scientists and clinicians joined us for a "cocktail half-hour conversation," including: Edie Leonard on oncology nutrition; Kristina Young, M.D., Ph.D., on precision radiation; and Matthew Taylor, M.D., on developmental cancer therapies.

Keynote Speaker - Diane Nathaniel

Diane Nathaniel was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2014. She has turned her experience with cancer into an opportunity to help spread awareness and the importance of cancer screenings. After having cancer, she created and co-founded “Beat Stage 3” with her best and oldest friend Helen Collen. Beat Stage 3 is an image-conscious campaign for cancer fighters and survivors that promotes cancer awareness and the restoration of inner and outer beauty for cancer fighters and survivors. Learn more:

Special Musical Performances - Julianne Johnson

Don't miss these special musical performances by Julianne Johnson, who opened Creating Hope with a rousing "Feeling Good" and closed it with a joyous "Celebration."

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