Jill Biden says she hopes for cancer cure during annual benefit

Neiman Marcus fashion show expects to raise $125K for cancer research

Kim Glovas
May 21, 2018 - 2:53 pm

Kim Glovas | KYW Newsradio

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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Although the Neiman Marcus annual fashion show boasted its outward appearance, the reason for its annual benefit is far more introspective.

The luncheon at the King of Prussia Mall raises fund for Philly Fights Cancer, which included a fashion show by internationally acclaimed designer Naeem Khan and a keynote by Jill Biden. 

Biden — an acclaimed educator and wife of former Vice President Joe Biden — lost her son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, to cancer three years ago this month.

"That's the reason that we're all here today," she said. "To fight this killer; to claim victory over this disease."

Organizers predicted the event would raise $125,000 to go directly toward cancer research and clinical trials at the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine.

Lori Griswold, who sits on the advisory board of Philly Fights Cancer, noted new research on CAR-T cells developed by renowned cancer and HIV gene therapy pioneer Carl June is promising.

"Basically [it] takes [out] your T-cells," she explained, "and they beef them up to be warriors, and then they put them back in to fight and kill the cancer."