Cancer Support Community Joins Biden Moonshot to Host National Dialogue

Key cancer researchers and treatment specialists will take their next step toward achieving the Cancer Moonshot goals when they convene this Friday in Wilmington.

The Biden Cancer Community Summit in Delaware will be part of an enormous nationwide conversation about critical research findings, finding earlier treatment options and improving outcomes. More than 350 Biden Cancer Summits will take place across the country.

While Incyte and Cancer Support Community Delaware will be hosting a summit locally in the First State, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will be in Washington hosting the national summit in Washington, D.C. 

The summit will include a series of talks grounded in the realities of the cancer journey. Speakers will share stories of strength, resilience and tenacity told through the prism of a broad range of cancer experiences.

Incyte to serve key role in Biden Cancer Summit

Incyte is proud to partner with the Cancer Support Community Delaware and participate in this year’s summit conversation. Paula Swain, Executive Vice President at Incyte, says the morning session will focus on key research findings and scientific developments.  “Our scientists work hard every day to make an impact through research and development. It’s a commitment we make not only to Delaware but to the cancer community around the world.” 

In 2016 Biden launched the Moonshot initiative to lead a national commitment to end cancer as we know it.   Biden’s son Beau, formerly Delaware’s Attorney General, died of brain cancer in 2015. The former vice president wanted to honor his son with his transformative vision to spur research and expand the dialogue.

Biden Cancer - summitCancer Support Community Delaware Executive Director Nicole Pickles said the summit is a continuation from the Moonshot Initiative.

“The launch of this program has guided us with our strategic thinking. We consider how we can better serve the patient, caregiver, and their families along their cancer journey.”

New initiatives since first Biden Cancer Summit 

In response to concerns raised by the local Delaware cancer community at The Moonshot Initiative in 2016, Incyte and Cancer Support Community Delaware partnered to establish the Incyte Cancer Care Assistance Fund for Delaware in 2017. The fund delivers emergency financial assistance to people with cancer who reside in Delaware.

The 2016 summit also inspired a partnership for CSCDE with the University of Delaware and University of Stockton, New Jersey that established a Health Coaching pilot program. Heath coaches work with individual cancer survivors on incorporating healthy lifestyle changes like physical activity, nutrition, and sleeping after a cancer diagnosis.

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Nearly 200 people gathered at Christiana Care’s Delaware Cancer Moonshot Summit in 2016.

Cancer Support Community Delaware is hopeful that this year’s summit will yield more patient-focused solutions and advancements. CSCDE and Incyte invite the public to take part in this special nationwide talk. The free event will take place from 10 am to 2 pm at the Incyte, 1815 Augustine Cutoff in Wilmington. The event includes a luncheon break.

Friday’s Biden Summit will present new ideas for Cancer Support Community Delaware’s strategic planning. Patients, caregivers and family members will have a chance to be heard. Incyte’s Swain remarked, “Hearing from the community is a critical part of helping us achieve our medical research goals”  Pickles added, “Their input will influence future programming at CSCDE and issues that need to be addressed in cancer health care.”

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Nicole Pickles, ED of Cancer Support Community Delaware

Speakers with insight into cancer research and healthcare

The Biden Cancer Summit agenda features a thoughtful lineup of speakers. Those confirmed include Senator Chris Coons, Hervé Hoppenot, CEO, Incyte, as well as Lance Leopold and Peter Langmuir of the Incyte Clinical Development teams, who will discuss advancements in Immunotherapy and Target Therapy.

The Delaware summit will also feature a Q&A session moderated by Mike Mackenzie, Ph.D., University of Delaware that will be streamed via Facebook Live beginning at 12:30 pm. Panelists include representatives from Cancer Support Community of Delaware, Tunnell Cancer Center, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, the University of Delaware and Incyte.

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For Information on The Biden Cancer Initiative and the national summit visit:


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About the Contributor

Amanda Tomasetti

Amanda Tomasetti

Amanda Tomasetti is the development manager at the Cancer Support Community of Delaware. She is also a proud Blue Hen.