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Trailer | Jim Allison: Breakthrough

The story of one warmhearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer, Jim Allison: Breakthrough is an homage to an unconventional superhero — a pioneering, harmonica-playing scientist from a small town in Texas who triumphed over a doubtful medical establishment to save innumerable lives around the world and win the Nobel Prize.

AIRED: April 27, 2020 | 0:00:30
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(upbeat music) - I knew this is a way

to cure cancer, I knew that was a way

and I'll be damned if I'm gonna let that just lay around.

- What if nothing we've thought was right?

- The skepticism was widespread.

Jim experienced it probably every day.

Part of Jim's success is the fact

that he doesn't care that he's not following convention.

- [Jim] I think any great big disruptive change

is gonna take some single-mindedness.

- [Narrator] Jim Allision, Breakthrough.

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