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Holiday ‘Treat’-ment

By December 1, 2016Blog, Media, STL Today

I Can WinBelow is a “reprint” of my latest St. Louis Post-Dispatch career column.


By now, most of us have shifted into holiday mode, enjoying (or at least tempted to enjoy) all those delicious seasonal treats. Cookies, cakes, peanut butter balls, peanut brittle — the list goes on!

It’s also a time to give even more than we receive, donating our time or money to those who are less fortunate. That often includes charities that support seriously ill patients who need ongoing treatments — people who won’t be able to experience the dinner parties, hot cocoa or those delectable desserts I was just talking about.

That being said, I’d like to introduce you to the “ICanWin” foundation. Their overall aim is to raise funds to help patients in a compassionate-use setting. More specifically, ICanWin was founded with the purpose of expanding access to innovative medicine for indications with high morbidity, such as cancer, to patients without other available treatment options.

One of the unique approaches with “ICanWin” is their idea to form partnerships with early stage biotech and pharma companies that are developing modern treatments for these deadly indications. One such partnership is with Immunophotonics, a cancer research company that is still in the early stages of the rigorous U.S. development and approval process.

Job Shapers Network (St. Louis’ premier network for career growth and development, assisting individuals and local organizations in working smarter and creating engaged employees) is sponsoring this exemplary non-profit this holiday season. Why don’t you join us?

Job Shapers Network was created for the soul purpose of developing employed professionals in the workplace. And we have a special plan on how we can give back to our community this holiday season — a holiday party/fundraiser event for “ICanWin.”

Like Immunophotonics, a large number of early stage companies are conducting cutting edge research, with encouraging first-in-human clinical results that could offer hope and optimism to patients who have exhausted all other available options. With companies like these, there are still years of further study and research that needs to happen before their therapies can be made available commercially — and that’s where we come in.

Job Shapers is committed to the idea that life and work has more meaning if we allow for self-improvement and the development of new skills — so you as an individual contributor can make a difference in your world. So it makes complete sense we are partnering with the “ICanWin” foundation, investing in the future development of meaningful cancer treatments that will make a difference in our world.

This fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in a large private home with live piano music, food and cocktails. Your donation is your ticket into the event. Space is limited, so if you would like more details or would like to go to the event, please RSVP.

Want to read up more on “ICanWin”? Please go here.