Stan Vitikas 2018
All of us have in some way been touched by cancer, and some, like myself, have lived that experience. Pancreatic cancer will claim the lives of nearly 42,000 Americans, it surpassed breast cancer as the nation’s 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death, and the only major cancer with a 5-year survival rate still in single digits (7%). As a pancreas cancer survivor, I was extremely lucky thru accidental early detection, but very few patients are so fortunate. As a result of my good fortune, I am committed to supporting efforts to improve these terrible statistics!
The 16th annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic — a Mattress Industry fundraiser supporting pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix — is set for Aug. 25-27 in Boston, MA. This is the third year in Boston (previously held in Phoenix and Orlando). The event has raised more than $10 million provided directly to Physician-in-Chief Dr. Daniel Von Hoff and his team for revolutionary clinical trials that build on TGen’s previous success in setting the national standard for treating this formidable disease. More than half of the patients in a recent clinical trial saw their pancreas tumors shrink by more than 30 percent. An additional 20 percent saw tumors dissolve; complete remission of an advanced cancer!
In the 16 years since the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic began...
- 45 clinical trials have been conducted for advanced pancreatic cancer
- Only 4 were shown to extend patient survival
- 3 of those were led by TGen — thanks to YOUR support
Together we are making a difference in patients’ lives, but the loss of two of Dan’s Diamonds (Survivors) reminds us of how far we have to go.
I will match 100% of all donations, up to $6000 total (+20% from last year). I’ve set a goal this year to raise $27,000, 20% above last year’s $22,000, as I sincerely believe in what Dr. Von Hoff and his team are doing to give patients hope in this fight. Let’s meet that goal together; I hope you’ll make a tax-deductible donation, ANY amount is deeply appreciated!
THANK YOU in advance for your generosity!