Co-Founder, Emily Whitehead Foundation (Patient Advocate)
Tom Whitehead is a journeyman lineman for Penelec, a First Energy Company. He is also the proud father of Emily, and co-founder of the Emily Whitehead Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for pediatric cancer immunotherapy research. Tom and his wife Kari founded the Emily Whitehead Foundation in honor of their daughter Emily who was diagnosed at age five with an aggressive form of leukemia that failed to respond to chemotherapy. As a last hope, Emily was enrolled in a clinical trial and became the first pediatric patient in the world to receive CAR-T cell therapy. The therapy worked and Emily is now 7 years cancer free.