RIP Dr. Vincent Kevin Tuohy
"Prevention is the Cure!"
Together we can end breast cancer
It is with a very heavy heart that I share the passing of my dear friend, mentor, and incredible human being, Dr. Vincent Tuohy. He gave me purpose when I had just finished treatment and was in a dark place. His friendship for the past 12 years and his sacrifice for the breast cancer community knew no bounds. Heaven has gained a true angel but please pray for his wife and family. I am resolved more now than ever to see his mission fulfilled. "Prevention is the Cure". RIP Dr. Tuohy...we love you!
Dr. Tuohy’s mission was to see if he could develop a vaccine to safely and effectively prevent breast cancer.
“We’ve worked a long time, published our results and have received a lot of attention. We have pre-clinical validation. We have shown, in three different mouse models, that the vaccine either delayed or prevented the development of breast cancer in a highly significant way. And it did so in a safe manner.
Dr. Tuohy estimated that it will take about 10 years to get the vaccine to market. “The Phase I Clinical Trial means that we can show that the vaccine can give us an immune response and it’s safe. Safety is a major concern because we ultimately want to vaccinate normal, healthy women so they don’t get the disease,” he said.
Dr. Tuohy felt that this was his best work as an immunologist. “This is my masterpiece. There’s nothing that could have this kind of impact and we’re eager to find out if it does,” he said.
Our mission is to support research efforts to achieve the primary prevention of breast and ovarian cancers. The focus of our efforts is to obtain federal funding for a “Women’s Health Initiative” to facilitate clinical trials for the primary immune prevention of breast and ovarian cancer in otherwise healthy, cancer-free women.
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In the Beginning...
Sisters4Prevention was founded in 2010 by Judy Fitzgerald. Her initial mission was to raise funds to support the preventive vaccine that was developed by Dr. Vincent K. Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic's Learner Research Institute in Ohio. She learned of the vaccine from a news video featuring Dr. Tuohy presenting his vaccine to Congress. She began raising funds for Dr. Tuohy and joined with four other women to use social media and coordinate efforts to obtain the funds needed to begin the clinical trial which is now in process.