The week after this year's race will be my 5 year anniversary of joining Adaptive Biotechnologies (best place to work ever, woot!), which spun off the Hutch via the funds that are raised through Obliteride. Many of us at Adaptive give back to our alma mater by helping fund Hutch scientists' future discoveries, while we diligently do our own work to help diagnose and cure cancer and other diseases that can be better understood and hopefully derailed through sequencing the cells of the adaptive immune system.
I have also personally seen the terrible consequences of this disease that indiscriminately affects people of all ages, all over the world: I have lost both of my grandmothers and several good friends to cancer, my granfather had grade 4 melanoma but died of a stroke before cancer got him, I know several people who are ACTIVELY fighting right now, and I am lucky to count many survivors among my friends, and even one in my close family.
My hope in contributing to this effort and through my own work is that we will be able to miminize the people we lose to this disease, and reduce the pain and suffering of those who survive, by finding new solutions now.