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Ken Burns Documentary Featuring Emily Whitehead Airs This Week

by and on March 30, 2015 3:45 PM

Four Diamonds child Emily Whitehead was the first in the world to receive a CART-19 T-Cell Transplant when she was 5-years-old.

She has now been cancer free for three years.

The Emily Whitehead Foundation was started in January, which raises funds for pediatric cancer research in an effort to see more success stories like Emily’s.

It was reported in 2014 that Emily would be filmed for a Ken Burns documentary series.

Now, that documentary will begin airing Monday at 9 p.m. on WPSU or your local PBS station. The documentary is based on and named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

It will revisit the history of cancer treatment before returning to the present and even discussing what the future holds. To do this, the documentary will be broken into three two-hour episodes.

Emily’s story will be featured in the ‘future’ portion of the series, as the experimental T-Cell therapy is regarded as a potentially widespread way for cancer to be treated in the future. Her story will be featured in the second installment in an episode titled “Finding the Achilles Heel.”

The documentary crew spent three days with the Whiteheads last year and even accompanied the family to THON, although that footage did not make the final cut. You can watch the trailer here. 

Part two, including Emily's experiences, will air Wednesday and the final episode will be broadcast on Friday.

 

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Brandilyn Heckman reports for Onward State.
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