For many years, two groups of enthusiastic supporters have served as ambassadors for our mission, reaching into the community to raise awareness and support for the John Wayne Cancer Institute and promoting its programs.

John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary

The Auxiliary has raised more than $19 million to fund a wide array of the Institute’s priorities including groundbreaking research, vital new laboratory equipment and the nationally recognized Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, which trains the next generation of surgical oncologists. The Auxiliary also organizes the successful annual Odyssey Ball. The Auxiliary was established in 1982 by two breast cancer survivors, Sandy Cohen and Noreen Nelson and by a group of committed women. The Auxiliary is currently led by president Anita Swift, eldest granddaughter of John Wayne and a dedicated board of 30.

For more information, please call 310-829-8324.

Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies (ABCs)

The ABCs was established in 1990 by a group of dedicated philanthropists who came together to devote its resources to eradicating breast and prostate cancer – diseases that will be diagnosed in approximately 465,000 people this year. Today, the ABCs is comprised of close to 200 members and is led by president Gloria Gebbia. The group has raised more than $15 million to support breast and prostate cancer research at the Institute. The group holds two events a year, one for Mother’s Day and “The Talk of the Town” gala in November.

For more information, please call Grant Associates at 323-904-4400.