“When my mom was diagnosed, I didn’t know what to do first. My family and I didn’t know anything about the latest cancer research, which made it difficult when talking with doctors about the options available to us,” said Eric Stonestreet.
That’s why Dak, Eric and Tia are joining forces with Bristol-Myers Squibb for Ready. Raise. Rise., a campaign to rally Americans to take action in the fight against cancer together by showing support for the cancer community and spreading the word about an evolving area of cancer research called Immuno-Oncology (I-O).
Eric and his family aren’t alone. A national survey of 2,500 Americans found that while nearly 9 in 10 people agree that cancer research is important to them, only 1 in 4 are familiar with I-O. Unlike other types of treatments, such as chemotherapy or surgery, I-O seeks to harness the body’s own immune system to help identify and attack cancer cells. The ultimate goal of this innovative area of research is to help people with various forms of cancer live longer and with a better quality of life.
“With Ready. Raise. Rise., we’re challenging people across the country to show their support for the cancer community and spread the word about Immuno-Oncology research so people can feel informed and empowered when fighting cancer,” said Stonestreet.