Published on February 27, 2020

Essentia Health hosting free screening of “Breakthrough” film at NorShor Theatre

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Jim Allison’s dramatic journey of trying to find a cure for cancer is the focus of a documentary being shown Wednesday, March 4, at the NorShor Theatre.

Hosted by the Essentia Health Cancer Center & Foundation, “Jim Allison: Breakthrough” follows Dr. Allison’s decades-long quest. He won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine “for discovering the immune system’s role in defeating cancer,” according to the film’s website.

“It’s really made a lasting difference in cancer care,” said Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, an Essentia Health oncologist and president of the Duluth Clinic.

Dr. Allison lost both his mother and brother to cancer, prompting an obsession with finding a cure for the disease.

The documentary was written and produced by Bill Haney. It’s narrated by Woody Harrelson.

Wednesday’s screening is free and open to the public. Seating arrangements are general admission. The program starts with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from 6-6:30 p.m.; a welcoming and patient stories from 6:30-7; and viewing of the film from 7-8:30.

“This movie itself is very, very good, so people can expect to be entertained,” Dr. Nikcevich said. “Not only will they gain some knowledge, but they’ll have a good time, as well.”

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