Perseverance, a John Theurer Cancer Center Story

Agency Network: 
October 2017


What does a world-class New Jersey cancer center do when it wants to elevate itself onto the same platform as NCI (National Cancer Institute) accredited cancer centers?

The John Theurer Cancer Center first turned to purpose-driven NYC boutique agency Leijas to solidify their messaging and approach. The agency didn’t simply start with JTCC’s cutting-edge innovation and advancements in technology. Rather, they focused on JTCC’s unique philosophy that includes the expertise of over 1,200 sub specialized leaders in the field of oncology. And what they learned was that it all boils down to patients.

But JTCC treats cancer much differently, in three distinct and tangible ways – with optimism sparking resilience of the human spirit, the expertise of world-renowned specialists, and personal care and compassion. This combination of heart and science led to the value proposition “pushing science and innovation to heal the human body and spirit.” The approach was to truly connect with the patients and allow them to be the brand voice throughout the communication effort. Leijas spent several weeks working closely with the cancer center leadership to identify “hero patients” and to understand the unique elements of JTCC and the campaign strategy. Leijas then got to know the patients and their families – not just the cancer they beat, but diving into their stories and into their hearts, reliving their journeys - often revealing their vulnerabilities. The strategy became not defining each patient by their disease, but rather highlighting them as individuals.

The goal of the campaign from JTCC, which breaks this month, is to raise awareness of JTCC – it’s unique approach to treating cancer told through the successful treatment of these four patients. Unlike all-too-common hospital advertising, the work invites a deeply personal element as well a genuine element of hope, and inspiration.

The campaign’s goal is to build the center’s awareness and reputation, runs through the end of December and includes: four documentary-style videos, website, print, digital, billboard, radio and social media. The 360-degree media planning and buying was handled by media agency SPM, Chicago.

Content advertisement created by Leijas, United States for John Theurer Cancer Center, within the category: Health.

Advertising Agency: Leijas, New York
Chief Creative Officer: Eric Rojas
Chief Content Officer: Mike Leibowitz
Art Director: Josh Bull
Copywriter: Ron Rosen
Photographer: John Dolan
Producer: Liz Kryshak
Production Company: Leijas Productions
Director: Mike Leibowitz
DP: Erik Nuenighoff
Editor: Dior Rodriquez
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kleenex's picture

These are four high quality well produced videos.

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