On September 21st, Immunotherapy Foundation (IF) will host its third annual Rock & Roll Avalanche fundraising gala, a one-of-a kind concert experience infused with the founders’ love of rock music. In keeping with a history of legendary guests, the star of this year’s show is none other than platinum, punk rock legend Billy Idol, who will perform with his full band as the evening’s signature entertainment. The unmissable event will be a night of rock & roll chic, complete with thrilling live and silent auction opportunities, and a special VIP pre-party. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available through IF’s website and are in limited number. As this event sells out every year, we encourage you to act fast to ensure your ticket!
Rock & Roll Avalanche has been instrumental in raising funds for the local non-profit Immunotherapy Foundation which is making tremendous advances in cancer research and prevention. It was in 2014 that the Whitworth family got the news that any family dreads – the recurrence and metastasis of Ralph Whitworth’s HPV-related oral cancer, driven by a 20-year-old dormant viral infection. Determined to change the grim odds for other families facing this disease, the Whitworths launched Immunotherapy Foundation (IF) in 2015, a non-profit created to expand their philanthropic support of breakthrough cancer immunotherapy research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology.
The rationale for creating IF was to pool San Diego’s community resources, advancing these local research programs faster and creating both the research and institutional infrastructure to enable long-term growth and progress. Over the past 4 years, and with $4.7M in co-fundraised research dollars between these institutions, IF has helped its research partners to procure an additional $20M in grants; constructed a state-of-the art human cell processing laboratory, capable of supporting novel clinical trials; enabled recruitment of an award-winning scientific team; created a research platform for new precision immunotherapy treatments, including an ongoing cancer vaccine trial, and brought a novel adoptive cell therapy to clinical trial readiness.
But these leaps forward against cancer require substantial financial support to sustain – and IF has organized the perfect event to rally the community for this life-changing cause. Rock & Roll Avalanche 3.0 will take place on September 21, 2019 and feature the iconic Billy Idol.