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New Cure. New Hope.

A new immunotherapy treatment for childhood cancer, developed at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, is producing stunning results in young patients and hope for families all over the world. Welcome to Strong Against Cancer, a team effort that includes doctors, nurses, researchers, hospitals, companies, and people like you who are supporting this medical breakthrough.

Zane was out of options...

Zane had already been through three grueling years of cancer treatment, including 365 days of chemotherapy. Two years later, at just 12 years old, Zane relapsed. Desperate for another option, Zane and his family traveled from Texas to enroll in a clinical trial funded by Strong Against Cancer. Today, Zane’s cancer is in remission thanks to people like you. Help end childhood cancer today.


Lucy was just five months old when she was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She achieved remission after a year of chemotherapy, but then relapsed.…

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In 2013, Milton walked into Seattle Children’s Hospital and received some devastating news. His acute lymphoblastic leukemia was back for the third time in his young life.…

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In 2014, Andy and Maggie’s baby daughter, Greta, was dying. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just three months old, Greta barely survived chemotherapy and a bone…

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Immunotherapy is the next great advancement in cancer treatment. Through cellular engineering, we enable the body’s own immune system to heal itself—without the harsh and often lifelong side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.


of patients received complete remission in the clinical trial using genetically reprogrammed T-cells to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

The Results

Most patients emerge cancer free within weeks.
Not only do most immunotherapy patients see their cancer quickly go into remission, the side effects of the treatment are less harmful than chemo or radiation. Finally, a more effective and gentle treatment for childhood cancer is within our reach. And we’re already seeing results: a recent Seattle Children’s pediatric leukemia clinical trial resulted in a 91% complete remission rate in children with relapsed leukemia.

How Immunotherapy Works


We do a simple blood draw from a patient.t-blood drops


Using laboratory techniques, we program the blood’s “warrior” T cells, training them to recognize enemy cancer cells.t-muscles


When re-introduced into the patient’s body, the T cells multiply rapidly, seeking out and destroying cancer cells—without harming normal, healthy cells.t-cells

We have the science. We have the track record. All we lack are the funds to bring this treatment to more young patients. As Russell says, “Every donor can make a difference. Why not you?”

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Strong Against Cancer is an initiative inspired by discoveries at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s.

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