Innovations Magazine Summer 2018
June 05, 2018
It’s hard for me to imagine the John Wayne Cancer Institute without the ongoing presence of our two major support groups: the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary and the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies (ABCs). So much of what we’ve been able to achieve over the years—from the seminal discovery of the sentinel node biopsy to new immunotherapy medications to the training of the next generation of surgeons—was inspired and made possible by the support of these two volunteer groups.
The auxiliary, now in its 36th year, is a large and enthusiastic group of people who give tirelessly to the Institute. Each year we are reminded of their incredibly hard work and devotion to finding cures for cancer when we attend the auxiliary’s Odyssey Ball.
The ABCs are a tight-knit group of friends who have persevered in their focus on breast and prostate cancer since the group’s founding 28 years ago. The ABCs’ Talk of the Town Gala each November is a celebration of life and what can be achieved when people work together.
Speaking of working together, I’m pleased to announce that the previously separate magazines about activities at the Institute and Saint John’s Health Center will be combined, starting with the next issue. This will provide our supporters with a more holistic view of all the activities that seamlessly comingle and produce the remarkable research and clinical results for which we are renowned.
I want to express my deepest thanks to Ilene Eisenberg for her support of Innovations magazine over the years. I know she and all of you will find the successor publication to be an exciting new endeavor that is worthy of your reading time.
The combined magazines will serve as a reminder that collaboration is a core value, and that JWCI and Saint John’s Health Center have a unique and highly productive interrelationship that rivals the capabilities and productivity of the nation’s major medical centers.
This intense and unique collaboration and the results it yields are made possible by the support offered by the Auxiliary, the ABCs and the many charitable gifts we receive from individuals and foundations. Without this support, we could not purchase and utilize the technology needed to unlock the mysteries of cancer; we could not hire the best and brightest to lead us toward the next new treatment or cure; and we could not provide our patients with the personalized, compassionate care that is our hallmark.
Each day your financial support enables the brilliant and creative work of our faculty. You’ll read about some of their leading-edge work in this issue of Innovations, including pioneering clinical trial research on emerging cancer therapies and our embrace of bioinformatics, a tool that can accelerate molecular research. Thank you for everything you do. Most of all, thank you for your friendship and can-do spirit.
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Chairman of the Board of Directors