Cross Out Cancer

Thank you for your support of Cross Out Cancer, UH's first-ever 100% virtual fundraising event. With your help, we were able to raise more than $132,000 to support cancer immunotherapy research and care at UH Seidman Cancer Center and Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow. 

If you were unable to join us live on November 18, you can view the full program here.


University Hospitals Immunotherapy Differentiators

  • Nation-leading laboratory capabilities: UH physician-scientists successfully manufactured CAR-T cells for human use, something few health systems have been able to accomplish
  • Track record of success: UH has clinical expertise, laboratory space and equipment, and quality/regulatory experience
  • Strong clinical trial portfolio: UH currently has 61 immunotherapy trials and more than 400 total clinical trials currently in progress; clinical trials are essential to bring new immunotherapies to patients
  • Visionary Philanthropy: Following a transformational gift from Joe and Kimberly Wesley, UH recently launched an immunotherapy center, which will increase the hospital’s capacity to treat patients with new therapies.

Funds raised from Cross Out Cancer will advance immunotherapy care and research for cancer and blood disorder patients at the UH Seidman Cancer Center and the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s through the Mary Ann Cross Fund. Immunotherapy is the process of empowering a patient’s own immune system to identify and attack cancer cells. You can be a critical ally to UH in the fight against cancer by contributing to this cutting-edge, breakthrough treatment.

Event Co-Chairs: Ryan Cross, Geoff and Linda Masten
Honorary Chairs: Char and Chuck Fowler
Livestream Benefit Host: Betsy Kling, WKYC TV-3 Chief Meteorologist and 5 p.m. Anchor


About Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards is the country's longest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the Wente family draws from their estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco, Monterey regions to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations featuring wine tasting, dining, concert experiences, championship golf and more.


Honoring the Memory of Mary Ann Cross

Ryan Cross and Mary Ann Cross
Mother and Son 
Ryan Cross explains, "My mother would be thrilled that University Hospitals is at the forefront of immunotherapy care and research and that her memory is associated with this important work through Cross Out Cancer."

Thanks to excellent clinical care and innovative research at UH Seidman Cancer Center and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Mary Ann Cross successfully battled Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) for 23 years. She appreciated that living in Cleveland afforded her access to the some of the most advanced cancer care available in the world. Immunotherapy has the promise of new cures for many forms of cancer, including CLL.