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Sickly kid to top cancer philanthropist: Tech billionaire raises stakes
USA Today

The man announcing the largest single donation to cancer immunotherapy Wednesday has gone from being a sickly child growing up in nearby Herndon, Va., to a tech billionaire who has met frequently with President Obama, Vice President Biden and, more recently, his new friend, former president Jimmy Carter.

Sean Parker remains plagued by allergies and asthma, types of autoimmune disorders that afflicted his whole family, however, and it spurred his interest in immunotherapy to treat cancer.

“I’ve always been interested in trying to disentangle the riddle of the immune system,” Parker said in a wide-ranging interview last month here.