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Tech Companies Team Up with Fred Hutch Obliteride to Cure Cancer Faster

By August 9, 2018No Comments

More than a dozen area tech and biotech companies are supporting Fred Hutch Obliteride this year to help accelerate the lifesaving work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Amazon, Microsoft, Seattle Genetics, Juno, Blue Nile and Lyft are a few of the companies helping sponsor the event and have rallied large teams of employees to participate and fundraise. Other companies including Adaptive Technologies, Adobe, Facebook, NanoString Technologies, Pixvanna and Whitepages are sponsoring or organizing Obliteride teams.

Amazon is sponsoring Obliteride’s program of 800 volunteers who play a vital role in the event, giving participants a well-supported, first-class experience. Mike Clayville, vice president of worldwide commercial sales at Amazon Web Services, has helped spearhead the company’s involvement and expects more than 200 employees to walk, ride or volunteer at Obliteride on Aug. 11. “I lost my wife to cancer, which led me to this fight,” said Clayville. “I believe research is the fastest way to find a cure, and I believe Fred Hutch has the team that will get us there. We have an incredible opportunity to support researchers who are making groundbreaking discoveries right in our backyard.”

Microsoft team captain David Powell has assembled a strong team that has already raised more than $130,000 for research. “This is an incredibly important time to step up with strong support for Fred Hutch’s lifesaving work,” said Powell. “Since the very first year of Obliteride, Microsoft employees have participated in a big way where they have fun, build community and raise critical funds for cancer cures.” Microsoft and Fred Hutch are also collaborating to develop technology to help cancer patients avoid the emergency room through better management of their chemotherapy side effects.

We greatly appreciate the support of our state’s tech and biotech companies,” said Andrea Gomes Morrison, Obliteride director. “Teaming up with innovative companies like Amazon, Microsoft and many others, will help with Fred Hutch’s drive to develop curative therapies for most cancers by 2025.”

Every year, hundreds of survivors participate in Obliteride. Many, like Lyani Valle, work at tech companies. The Amazon employee says she’s alive because of Fred Hutch research. “I was saved through one of the groundbreaking treatments developed by Fred Hutch,” said Valle. “I want everyone to benefit, survive and thrive.” Shannon O’Fallon, who recently finished treatment for breast cancer, plans to walk the 5K. “My cancer diagnosis was the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced,” said the 34-year-old. “I don’t want to get diagnosed again. I don’t want to have to endure months of painful cancer treatment, and I don’t want anyone else to have to go through it either.”

Obliteride’s generous sponsors, including University Village, ensure every dollar participants raise goes directly to Fred Hutch. A complete list of sponsors is on Obliteride’s website.

More than 2,500 people are expected to participate in Obliteride this year. The event has raised more than $13 million for Fred Hutch since 2013. Obliteride has funded a variety of research projects at Fred Hutch, including immunotherapy, cancer prevention, public health and studies related to brain, breast, lung, ovarian and prostate cancers.