San Diego CA— The Immunotherapy Foundation (IF), a San Diego-based non-profit organization working to eradicate HPV-driven cancers by funding research and prevention programs, has announced the results of its Help Our Cancer Heroes campaign, a COVID-19 relief project. In honor of cancer patients and cancer caregivers at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center (MCC), IF delivered more than 1,500 meals to the San Diego community, including 537 meals for frontline healthcare workers and staff at UCSD cancer facilities. In addition, IF delivered 1,300 surgical masks, 53 face shields, more than 200 nitrile gloves and additional gloves, and 50 KN95 face masks to UCSD. As part of a special partnership with Valley Vaughan Foundation and Islands Restaurants, IF also enabled delivery of more than 1,000 meals to seniors at St Paul’s Senior Services assisted living facilities.
IF’s Help Our Cancer Heroes campaign was recognized by the office of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer during his daily COVID-19 press conference, as part of the Mayor’s #SanDiegoStepsUp initiative.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we feel fortunate to help our healthcare workers who go above and beyond their call of duty to take care of their communities,” said IF Co-Founder and President, Fernanda Whitworth. “We warmly thank all donors who made this relief and support possible. Recognizing that cancer patients, nurses and physicians need our support now more than ever, we will continue to honor our cancer heroes by funding critical cancer immunotherapy research and accelerating better therapies for patients.” The campaign’s community partners included restaurants & caterers Islands Restaurants, Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen, Emjaye Inspired, CowgirlQ BBQ & Picnic People, Andrés Restaurant, MotoDeli, and CookieBug, in addition to local company Soklene Supply for in-kind personal protective equipment donation.