“Ever since my immunotherapy with Jim Allison and his team at MDA, I haven’t re-occurred in three and a half years. I'm cancer-free because of CPRIT.”
— Karlee Steele, cancer survivor
“I'm a three-time cancer survivor. I was first diagnosed when I was 19 or 20, and I’ve been fighting [cancer] as a patient and a researcher my whole adult life. With CPRIT's help, we are trying to develop and do for solid tumors, particularly, platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, what we did with blood cancers, so-called soft tumors. We're bringing the best here. We are keeping the best here. And within a few years, you are going to see great companies starting here. You've heard of some, and you'll see even more moving here. We are so close.”
— Jonathan Sessler, cancer survivor & researcher
“Just after my daughter Laurel's third birthday, in 2010, she started complaining of abdominal pain. The pediatrician warned me that it could be something more serious. In your mind, you're thinking, "There's no way that my kid has cancer." At Texas Children's, they discovered it was embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma – a mass about the size of a softball, but they said that with her location and her age, her prognosis was actually pretty good. She's doing great, she is 11 years old, she is healthy. It was nice to leave her treatment in the rearview mirror, but looking forward, long-term side effects are a reality, unfortunately, but it's a reality that I'm glad someone has brought to our attention.”
— Melissa Batchelder, mom of a cancer survivor
"The first time we told a mom about this, her son was about 17 at the time and he had leukemia when he was 4. He was getting ready to go to college and she was in a panic about who would follow him. We showed her the Passport and she almost felt as if there was another parent overseeing him because now she knew that he could get the care he needed to maintain himself. It's miraculous."
— Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, on Passport for Care