Oh, what a journey this year has been!

Watch our 2022 highlight reel to look back on some of this year's most celebratory moments, and read below for more.


Celebrating Big Milestones:


Advocating Around the World:

  • In late August we traveled overseas to Switzerland to celebrate Emily's 10 years cancer free. While there, we had the opportunity to visit with teams from Barkey, Tigen, and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Agora Research Center.
  • We also had the opportunity to visit the Novartis manufacturing facility in Stein, Switzerland to inspire their team and celebrate the five year anniversary of CAR T-cell therapy's approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Association.


Spreading Awareness on the Silver Screen:

  • In June, we attended Tribeca Festival to celebrate the premiere of Of Medicine and Miracles. This feature documentary, directed by Academy-Award winner Ross Kauffman and produced by Academy-Award nominee Robin Honan, follows the incredible stories of Emily Whitehead and cancer researcher Dr. Carl June, whose lives converge at just the right moment to make medical history. Since Tribeca, Of Medicine and Miracles won several awards for Best Documentary in film festivals across the U.S.
  • In October we traveled to Seattle, Washington to share Of Medicine and Miracles with Life Science Washington. 
  • In November, we had the pleasure of sharing Of Medicine and Miracles with our hometown as part of Centre Film Festival. At the conclusion of the festival, Of Medicine and Miracles was awarded Best Documentary!
  • For their role in documenting their daughter’s cancer journey, as represented in the film through a series of home videos, the Centre Film Festival also honored Tom and Kari Whitehead as the second annual recipients of the Chandler Living Legacy Award.

Join us at Advanced Therapies Week 2023 (January 17, 2023) for the next opportunity to see Of Medicine and Miracles!


Event Highlights:

  • On September 17, 2022 our Believe Ball returned for the first time in person since our inaugural gala in 2017. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the dedication of our volunteers, we hosted 25 CAR-T families at no cost and raised a total over $300,000!


Getting Active to Activate the Cure:

  • This year, we had runners taking strides for the Emily Whitehead Foundation in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City marathons!
  • On September 21, 2022 we returned to the CAR-TCR Summit in Boston and hosted a 5k Run/Walk. We were joined by 50 conference participants stepping towards a cure to help us raise over $3,900!
  • On September 24, 2022 Emily Whitehead Foundation board member Tom Garrett hosted the 10th Annual Blood, Sweat & Tears fundraiser in Mt. Gretna, PA. This year's run not only celebrated Emily being ten years cancer free, but also honored a long time friend of the local running community, Mike McCauley. Lebanon Daily News: Blood, Sweat & Tears run returns to Lebanon, marks 10 years of T-Cell therapy breakthrough

  • On Thanksgiving morning we hosted our first ever Turkey Trot in our hometown of Philipsburg, PA. The local community rallied to support, with over 70 participants trotting "over the river and through the woods" with us!


Funding Breakthroughs:


In the News:


We have been fortunate to travel the world, sharing Emily's story to spread awareness of CAR-T and inspire those who are working hard to further develop and distribute these advanced therapies.

As we look ahead to the next decade of cancer research, and the future of the Emily Whitehead Foundation, we are committed to our mission to activate the cure for many more decades of CAR-T warriors and their families

Thank you for sharing this journey with us!


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