– My next guest has made cancer awareness and fundraising her life’s mission. Through her advocacy,
she’s also supporting some of the most cutting-edge
doctors on the planet. That’s why she’s today’s Rad Human. (energetic music) – Y’all please welcome
from United Cancer Fund, activist and philanthropist,
Lilly Tartikoff, give it up for her. And meet Lauren, the Impractical Jokers, I don’t know if you’ve
ever met everybody before. – Hello.
– Pleasure to meet you. – This is great, I’ve only
been voted as a bad human, so it must be nice to be a rad human.
(laughter) – It’s a, it’s a little different. (laughter) So, this is actually really incredible. You have been able to
raise over $81 million. – Wow.
– Whoa. (applause) – Like, that, how did you, how does one get involved in this? – First can I say it is so
great to be back at NBC. – Yes, yes, it’s home, it’s home! – It is this is home away from home. But, so my late husband,
Brandon Tartikoff, he had been diagnosed and
treated for Hodgkin’s disease. Hodgkin’s disease is a
cancer of the lymph nodes. So he had, when he was 26 years old. – Yeah.
– Anyhow, he just didn’t look right,
soon after I married him. And, he set up an appointment and then he met with Dr. Slamon. Dr. Slamon met with Brandon and determined that his Hodgkin’s
disease had come back. So we had to go in and
they lay that massive tray of drugs and it took hours and hours and Dr. Slamon would supervise. And he was on the phone for hours, talking and screaming,
– Yeah. – about this non-toxic
treatment for cancer. And I, of course, was eavesdropping. I think that was probably a good thing, right?
– I would’ve done that as well.
– Yes, yes. – I wanna be involved in that. – So after a year, Brandon’s
treatments were over. – And just in case some of you don’t know, Brandon actually was the chairman of NBC, so this is what she said,
welcoming back home. Yeah your husband ,
yeah, ran this, so yeah. – Yes, he did, and he loved it. So, he, anyhow, took a year, and Dr. Slamon added 15 years to his life. And I said to Dr. Slamon,
when your science is together, I am gonna raise the
money for that science. – And you, you make a promise, you, – Wow.
– you follow through! (applause) – Delivered.
– You delivered. – Big time. – That is, it’s insane! It’s hard fundraising, it’s hard doing that.
– Yes. – It’s hard asking people for money. So it’s like, your earliest
fundraising, though, led to a drug that saves lives. – So seven years later,
he finally said yes. And then I realized I
had never raised money. But by chance I met this, with Brandon, this incredibly successful businessman, named Ronald Perelman who owned Revlon. And I thought, if, in fact, when I met him, I thought he’s it. He had no idea what I was
thinking, but I thought, if I can convince him, that, if he cared about women’s
health and their wellbeing, as well as their shade of lipstick, it would be so profound and so meaningful. And so Dr. Slamon, Ronald
Perelman and I created the Revlon UCLA Women’s
Cancer Research program. We created 10 Fire and Ice
Balls and 38 Revlon Run-Walks, and when 30 to 40,000 people came out for those run-walks,
they were so empowered, but what they didn’t realize was they are the ones
that helped us raise, along with Fire and Ice Ball, they are the ones that
helped us raise this money. – Yeah.
– For this, targeted therapy. So then we took all
that money over 28 years and we put into Dr.
Slamon and his colleagues. – And they came up with this,
– Research, and they came up,
– amazing drug. – with two targeted therapies, one’s called Herceptin, one’s called Ibrance,
and a targeted therapy is one that shuts down the cancer cells and doesn’t harm the good, healthy ones, and these became FDA approved,
these were revolutionary, and they literally help 85% of all the women with breast cancer. And we hadn’t seen anything
like this in 60 years. – That’s amazing
– Wow. (applause) – Of course, I didn’t do that. (laughter) – That’s amazing, you did, I know, but it might not have
happened without you caring. It takes one person,
– Thank you. – to really light that fire, and then it catches, you know? – This science is so urgent, we all know, everyone here, everyone watching the show, everyone’s affected or in, directly or indirectly, by cancer. And so,
– Unfortunately. now we had to come,
now I had to figure out some way to raise a
massive amount of money. – How proud would Brandon be of you? Like you know what I’m saying? – I think he would think that I was still out of
control and obsessed. (laughter) – I’m telling you though, on break, I was like hey, a lot
of people are obsessed with things that aren’t
important, you know, social media and stuff like, you know we’re in our own selfish world. Your obsession is something that’s helping millions of people.
– Thank you. – It’s amazing you’ve raised $81 million. – Yeah, but not by myself. – We still owe late fees at Blockbuster. (laughter) – [Kelly] Blockbuster, you
just pulled a Blockbuster? – If everybody could take out $100 and pass it forward we’re
gonna start right here. – [Lilly] Yes, yes. – So I did your Dance or Donate Challenge. – Oh yes!
– Can you tell everybody about that?
– Okay. – [Kelly] I was tired. – [Lilly] You were fabulous! So we had to come up, we, I basically. (laughter and applause) – [Lilly] There she is,
she was our first dancer! She’s our poster girl
– I was very excited for Dance or Donate.
– about doing it, but at the same time I
was like I didn’t realize how long this amount of time was until I started moving,
– Yes, yes. – ’cause momma doesn’t work out. (laughter) So tell everybody, so now it’s
a Dance and Donate, right? – Right, so we had to, I realized that we needed to tap into social media. – [Kelly] Yeah. – So, ’cause we had to reach
thousands and thousands and thousands of people. So anyhow, so we created Dance or Donate, so if you go online,
www.danceordonate.org, okay, and you, oh wait, first,
so we had dancers, and you had like 600,000
people watch you dance? Like a massive number!
– Oh, I didn’t even know that.
– You had, – Sorry.
– so many people watch you, – I’m Sorry.
– dance. – I’m apologizing now. – And people all over the world danced, it was incredible. But what I realized was I had to go back to the drawing board cause
I wasn’t raising money. So I had.
– You were raising maybe awareness and
people getting into it. – Which that was not good enough. – Yeah, yeah, I gotcha.
– So I needed to, they had all this science, like ready to go out the gate, so I needed to create a fundraising page. Like as simple as a fundraising page. So, if you go to www.danceordonate.org. – Yup.
– Get it Joe. – No, and this time
create a fundraising page. – Sure, now?
– Okay? – You want me to?
– Yeah, yeah, and now you go to all your friends and all your family and you
get them to donate $5 here, $5 there, and we will cure cancer. – [Joe] Yes! – And that’s not asking a
lot, like, if everybody, and everybody always thinks of it like – Yes.
– I have to donate a huge amount. Donate!
– Yes. It’s like biblical story, you
know, donate what you can. – Yes!
– Because you are affected by cancer whether, you know, indirectly,
like it’s everywhere. – Yes.
– And so this research is very necessary and I’ve was so excited,
– It’s urgent. – you were coming, it is urgent, – And we were so grateful,
– is the best word. – Grateful.
– Urgent is the best word. – Yes, to all of you,
we’re going to do this, we’re gonna get it done. (agreement)
(applause) – Thank you Kelly.
– Yes, oh I didn’t stand up And joining us now is the man behind some of the most groundbreaking
cancer treatments in decades, y’all. Dr. Dennis Slamon, give it up for him. (applause) – Thank you. – It is an honor to meet you, it’s not only nice to meet you, it’s an honor to meet you, you are literally changing
lives and saving lives. I can’t even imagine how much pressure that must feel like as well but now that I’m thinking about it, didn’t mean to add to it. But Dr. Slamon, what is
the biggest misconception you feel that people have about cancer? – I think perhaps the
biggest misconception when a diagnosis happens people
say you have lung cancer, or colon cancer, or breast cancer, they assume it’s one disease. And we should’ve learned, since people have very different outcomes, we were dealing with a group of diseases. So, breast cancer’s not one disease, it’s a spectrum of diseases. – [Kelly] Different types of. – [Dr. Slamon] The same is true with lung, the same is true with colon, so we move away from
the old type of therapy, where we throw in a bomb and hope we kill more bad than good cells, – Yeah.
– then target what’s broken. – Yeah, amen. Alright, well tell us about
the work in your cool lab. – Well what we’ve been doing is setting up models of
various human cancers. As Lilly mentioned, the initial work started with breast cancer but has now moved in
the other major cancers. Where we really can use
more effective therapies. So we’ve set up the models, and set up robotics that would allow us to screen huge numbers of cancer cells, human cancer cells, for what their sensitivities might be to the different therapies we use that are the new targeted therapies. – Yeah.
– That’s what the lab is about right now. – Yeah, and that lab is expensive, so I’m sure that’s
where a lot of the money that y’all raised to figure
out how to target these, these specific cells. – Right.
– That’s where all that money’s going and that’s
why it’s so important for us to all donate and not just dance. But we do actually have one
of Dr. Slamon’s patients in the audience, y’all say hi to Ginger. Hi Ginger. (applause)
– Hey Ginger. – So, how did, Ginger, how
did you meet Dr. Slamon? – Well, I had fourth stage
metastatic breast cancer. With a, a liver full of tumors. And I had finished two
rounds of chemotherapy and went for the checkup
and what they said was that they discovered, at
that point that I had, my tumors were completely,
tumor, chemo-resistant. And, and,
– So the chemo didn’t help. – and at that time, yeah it didn’t help, and at that time what that meant was what they said you don’t need to make another appointment and go home and get your affairs in order. And I just could not accept that. – Way to go! – Way to go.
(applause) – I’m gonna say, a lot of people would have broken at that point. – And I, that’s how I discovered that Dr. Slamon had a trial coming up and it was gonna open soon, and 1995, that was then, 2020, I’m 75 now. (applause)
– Yeah. – [Kelly] That’s amazing, that’s amazing. – Oh my gosh.
– That is awesome. – It’s so amazing. – Unreal.
– Yeah. – And to you sir. Yeah.
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