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33rd Annual Hutch Holiday Gala Raises Millions for Cancer Immunotherapy Research
Date:12/8/2008

ribed the first successful use of a human patient's cloned infection-fighting T cells as the sole therapy to put advanced melanoma tumors into long-term remission. A type of white blood cell was removed from a 52-year-old man who had metastatic Stage 4 melanoma; more such cells were grown in the lab, then infused into the patient. Two months later the man's tumors were gone and he remained disease-free two years later, when he was last checked. Yee and other Center researchers are now expanding clinical trials that use T-cell therapy to treat advanced tumors.

At the Saturday night Gala, patrons also bid for exclusive auction packages including a zero-gravity flight with space and science celebrities including Bonnie Dunbar and Charles Simonyi and Dr. Hartwell, which sold at $7,500 per person for a total of $157,500; an Italian sojourn at Villa Madalena, $20,000; a U.S. Open package, $16,000; VIP tickets to the Country Music Awards, $14,000; and an exclusive July 4 fireworks party on a rooftop deck at the Hutchinson Center's South Lake Union campus, $13,000.

The evening's festivities included the presentation of the Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild's 2008 Distinguished Community Service Award to the Swanson family. Accepting the award were Gerry and Gloria Swanson, who have been involved with the community for 30 years through such causes as the Hutchinson Center, Seattle Children's and United Way. The couple's children and their spouses also support a variety of organizations and, in combination with a family fund at Children's, established the Swanson Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Bone Marrow and Transplantation Research, a chair held by the Hutchinson Center's Dr. Jean Sanders.

Presented by the Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild and the Hutch Holiday Gala board of trustees, the Hutch Holiday Gala featured live and silent auctions and an elegant dinner with hundreds of business and community leaders in att
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