The Institute’s Community Ambassadors

September 30, 2014

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. We recognize and thank the members of these two organizations for their dedication to cancer research.

John Wayne Cancer Institute

The Auxiliary has raised more than $18 million to fund a wide array of the Institute’s priorities including groundbreaking research, vital new laboratory equipment and the nationally renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, which trains the next generation of surgical oncologists. The Auxiliary organizes the Odyssey Ball, now in its 30th year. It also holds an annual Membership Luncheon in October and hosts educational evenings highlighting Institute projects with the community.

The Auxiliary is currently led by president Anita Swift, eldest granddaughter of John Wayne, and a dedicated board of 30.

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

The Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies (ABCs)

ABCsinnovations_news14The ABCs was established in 1990 by a group of dedicated philanthropists to devote resources to eradicating breast and prostate cancer—diseases that will be diagnosed in approximately 465,000 people this year. Today the ABCs, led by president Gloria Gebbia, comprises close to 200 members.

The group has raised more than $14 million to support breast and prostate cancer research at the Institute. The ABCs holds two events each year, a Mother’s Day event and the Talk of the Town gala held this year on November 22.

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