“The Pink Virus” is a hybrid film, blending historical and narrative elements, that focuses on the true story behind the current development of the world’s first preventive vaccine for breast cancer. This vaccine has already proven 100% effective in three animal models in preventing triple-negative breast cancer, it’s deadliest form. Yet, because of politics, big pharmacy, and questionable financial ethics involving the most prominent breast cancer philanthropies in the world, nobody knows about it and women are suffering everyday at the global rate of 1 diagnosis every 20 seconds, and 1 death every minute.

Woven through the fabric of the past 100 years, is a story worthy of Shakespeare: converging and compelling evidence that a virus found in mice is responsible for 40-75% of human breast cancer. Why then has it been thwarted, shelved, disputed, buried, silenced and starved for attention, not to mention money? Ah, that’s why it’s a story worthy of Shakespeare – with a Greek chorus of pink-clad survivors chanting in the background, “When will the race be over?”

Enthusiasm for research on tumor viruses, particularly the breast cancer virus, was smothered in its crib in 1973 by those who orchestrated the National Cancer Act and its corollary, the ‘race for a cure’. Causes, prevention, and research on tumors viruses were kicked to the curb to make way for treatment, treatment, and ever more treatment. Work on tumor viruses was resurrected by Dr. Harald Zur Hausen when he proved to a world of skeptics and obstructionists that the human papilloma virus causes cervical cancer. Now it’s time to make way for completion of the research on the human breast cancer virus.

It’s time for a movie. It’s time to storm the garden, breech the wall, and harvest new fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.

Dr. Kathleen Ruddy is a breast cancer surgeon trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She was Founder and Medical Director of the Breast Service for Barnabas Health (Clara Maass Medical Center: 1995-2005), received her International Masters in Health Leadership from McGill University (2008), and founded the Breast Health & Healing Foundation (2008) whose mission is “To discover the specific causes of breast cancer and to use that knowledge to prevent the disease”. She is a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Clinton Global Initiative.

The goal is to create an award-winning film that will shake the Tree of Knowledge, muster the crowd, and move the world forward one giant step.



Our film is Breast Cancer’s “Inconvenient Truth,” only this one is about a virus that causes breast cancer in mice and very well may be responsible for 40-75% of all human breast cancer. Why, then, is less than $100,00/year given to this research of the hundreds of millions of breast cancer research funds available? We asked the same question, and a few more, and now we have a story to tell. A story that must be told. A story that has the potential to change the history of breast cancer as we know it. This is what’s at stake: millions of women, millions of breasts, and billions of dollars.



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