Posts Tagged ‘Vincent Tuohy’

Introducing … Champions for the Pink Vaccine

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Thank you Dr Ruddy, for your energy and drive to see this vaccine change the world.
July 16 2012

To the best of my recollection, this is how it happened.

I read about the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine, developed by Professor Vincent Tuohy of the Cleveland Clinic in 2010.  I read his paper, published in “Nature Medicine” May 2010, and called his lab to introduce myself  as Founder and President of the only breast cancer foundation whose mission is primary prevention of the disease – and, so, his vaccine was like a dream come true!  I left a message with Tuohy’s secretary and twenty minutes later, as I was grocery shopping, he called.  We talked for over an hour.

Then Toni Turchi, a breast cancer survivor who lived in Cleveland, found out about Tuohy’s vaccine and started a foundation to support his work.  Tuohy told Toni to get in touch with me, which she did; we talked and became friends and colleagues.

Then Elyn Jacobs, a breast cancer survivor living in New York City, found me on the Internet, contacted me through Facebook, and we met in NYC to chat.  She had never heard of the breast cancer virus or Tuohy’s vaccine.  And so we became friends and colleagues in the fight to change the tawdry race for the cure into something more substantial – primary prevention of the disease.  Elyn introducted me to Janet Hanson, who invited me to join 85 Broads – which I happily did.  Thank you Elyn and Janet, and all the wonderful, wonderful women I’ve met through 85 Broads.

Then Judy Fitzgerald got breast cancer.  Shei’s a retired teacher in Rhode Island.  She learned about Tuohy’s vaccine, contacted Tuohy to tell him she was going to help suppport his work, and he told her to get in touch with me.  Judy and I became friends and colleagues in this enlarging grassroots movement to fund Tuohy’s vaccine.

Then Elyn Jacobs invited me to join her on her weekly radio show two weeks ago, and Cindy Sullivan, a breast cancer survivor living in Colorado was listening in and went berserk when she learned of Tuohy’s vaccine and the total lack of funding for it.  Cindy got in touch with me and suggested that this small band of women supporting Tuohy’s vaccine gather together on a Skype conference call to put our heads together to what would happen, which we did this past week.  Thank you Cindy, that was brilliant.  So obvious, but so brilliant.

And now, three days later, we have organized ourselves to support each other’s individual efforts, but with the common goal – to see that Tuohy’s vaccine gets funded.  And here in the United States not in China.

We’ve got a brand:  the Pink Vaccine.   It’s the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine.  It doesn’t need reinventing as the National Breast Cancer Coalaition would like you to think.  It already exists.  It’s in Cleveland.  It just needs to be funded to see if it’s safe in women; and if safe, whether it is effective.

We’ve chosen a name for our group:  Champions for the Pink Vaccine.

We have a domain:  pinkvaccine.com

We have  a Pinterest site:  The Pink Vaccine.

We’ve got groups on Facebook and LinkedIn:  The Pink Vaccine.

And we’re going to create a CPU for information about the Pink Vaccine:  a blog where the Champions can post and share hard facts, dispel falacies, promote awareness, and generate ideas for how to fund the Pink Vaccine – the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine.

Stay tuned.  According to complexity theory, it only takes two individuals to move a crowd in any one direction.  (Did you know that? It’s true.)    But we have five women who intend to move the crowd toward the Pink Vaccine.  Think how fast we can move it now.

Please join us.  We’re going to have a blast; we already have.  And we’re going to do great things for the world, starting with funding the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine.

Take a break from racing.  Take a peek at us.  Thanks!

 Dr Kathleen Ruddy
Please watch this powerful video, the movie comes out here in the US in September, you can pre-order it at Amazon.  Pink Ribbons
Dr Kathleen Ruddy is a MSKCC trained breast cancer surgeon.  She is also the Founder and President of the Breast Health & Healing Foundation, the only non-profit organization whose specific mission is to discover the causes of breast cancer and use that knowledge to prevent the disease.  She created the iPhone app, Breast Health GPS in 2010, the iPad app, Breast CA 411 in 2011, and the smart phone app, Lobby Me Pink in 2011. Kathleen’s focus is to answer the question, “Does a virus cause breast cancer in women? “ She is also committed to help fund Professor Vincent Tuohy’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine (Cleveland Clinic.) Kathleen believes that the PURE CURE is prevention.

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit:  https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com


Read more at http://www.85broads.com/public/blogs/kathleen-ruddy/articles/introducing-champions-for-the-pink-vaccine#wGmCke7Bhf9f1Eud.99

What You Need to Know Now: Does a Virus Cause Breast Cancer in Women?

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Yesterday on my show, Survive and Live Well, on W4CS, Dr Kathleen Ruddy spoke about a breast cancer virus that might be involved with 40-75% of breast cancer.  She also discussed a preventive vaccine developed at the Cleveland Clinic by Professor Vincent Tuohy that is ready for safety testing in women and may also be effective against the viral form of breast cancer.  Unfortunately, both the virus and the vaccine have received little attention and scant funding.

The virus in itself is not news to me or others; Kathleen and I spoke about this a year ago, and it received national attention via a video Dr. Ruddy made that was nominated best short film of the Breast Fest Breast Cancer Film Festival 2010. However, what amazes me is that in addition to the paucity of attention about the virus, there is equal disregard for the first preventive breast cancer vaccine that Professor Tuohy developed, for he has yet to get the funding for clinical trials to test its efficacy in women.  So why is it that there is not funding for trials?  If not for lack of awareness, what is it?

Many people are not aware that this vaccine is at the trial phase; it just needs the funding and we could likely prevent and possibly cure millions of breast cancers.  It saddens and infuriates me that greed and ignorance may be getting in the way.  In fact, there is a prominent member of the breast cancer world who likely has the power to garner the funds needed, but instead seems to want to wait until 2020 for the magical end.  Shame on those who are holding us back; how can they say they are out to make change, to end breast cancer. Let’s end breast cancer now; why wait?  If you would like to be part of this initiative, please contact Dr Ruddy.  If you have something to say regarding this topic, please let me know, you just might be invited to share your thoughts on the show.

I posted on this subject back in July of 2011…to read this post and a repost on Dr Ruddy’s site:



The following is a plea written by IBC survivor Cindy Sullivan.  Thank you Cindy, for helping to get the word out on the need for funding; we need to get this vaccine to trial.

To read another great post on the subject by Susan Beausang:


“His vaccine is ready to be tested for safety in humans, but guess what. Komen has turned him down for funding 3 times and Avon has refused to even consider it. Hmmmm…. Maybe Mr. Tuohy scared the queens of pinkwashing when he said, ‘If it works in humans the way it works in mice, this will be monumental. We could eliminate breast cancer.”

I would now add that the NBCC is looking to end breast cancer in 2020; the rest of us are in a bigger hurry.  Likely they could be added to the list of “queens of pinkwashing”, but that is my opinion. Why is it that they are not supporting a vaccine ready to go to trial now?

For more information on Professor Tuohy’s vaccine:




Elyn Jacobs



Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit:  http://elynjacobs.com.