On Thursday, October 17, The Washington Post will host Chasing Cancer, a live event shining a spotlight on the war on cancer, the power of advocacy, and the environmental and lifestyle factors that may hold the key to significantly reducing the risk of cancer.

Featured guests include the Grammy award-winning rock band, Imagine Dragons. Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee and Daniel Platzman founded The Tyler Robinson Foundation in 2013, to honor the passing of a young fan, Tyler Robinson. Imagine Dragons was one of Tyler’s favorite bands and helped him during the time he was battling cancer. The foundation helps children and their families with the many unseen costs of pediatric cancer.

Additional speakers include Acting Director of the National Cancer Institute Douglas R. Lowy, MD, Director of Oncology for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Richard Pazdur, MD and YouTube star Dr. Mikhail “Mike” Varshavski who will discuss groundbreaking new treatments, innovations in drug policy, the latest early detection methods and how to prevent disease before it even occurs.

Media who wish to cover must RSVP to nancy.murphy@washpost.com. This event will be livestreamed at wapo.st/chasingcancer.

Speakers include:

  • Imagine Dragons (Dan Reynolds- Lead Vocalist; Wayne Sermon- Lead Guitarist; Ben McKee-Bassist; Daniel Platzman- Drummer)
  • Douglas R. Lowy, MD, Acting Director, National Cancer Institute
  • Richard Pazdur, MD, Director, Oncology Center of Excellence, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Ellen Sigal, PhD, Chairperson and Founder, Friends of Cancer Research
  • Mikhail Varshavski, DO, Primary Care Physician, YouTube Star and Influencer
  • Anne McTiernan, MD PhD, Internist and Epidemiologist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

In a sponsor segment produced by AstraZeneca’s YOUR Cancer Program, speakers will discuss early detection, prevention and the importance of collaboration in oncology precision medicine:

  • Cynthia Bens, SVP, Public Policy at Personalized Medicine Coalition
  • Andrea Ferris, President and CEO at LUNGevity Foundation
  • Chad Ramsey, VP, Policy at Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance
  • Adrian Kilcoyne MD, MBA, MPH, VP US Medical Affairs and HEOR, AstraZeneca Oncology

Thursday, October 17

Networking Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.

Program: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

The Washington Post Live Center

1301 K St NW, Washington DC, 20071

This event is presented by AstraZeneca’s YOUR Cancer with support from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.