According to Dr. Rajeev Vibhakar, MD, who specializes in Cancer and Blood Disorders: “I am honored to be the recipient of the Cancer League of Colorado Endowed Chair at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Our group investigates the molecular mechanisms of brain tumors that occur primarily in children.
“Identifying specific genes that are responsible for these tumors allows us to identify novel targets for therapy. The funds provided by the endowed chair are crucial in allowing us to pursue innovative high-risk, high-reward research avenues that would otherwise not be possible with traditional funding. For example, we were able perform a genome-wide analysis to identify specific genes in a tumor called medulloblastoma.
“These experiments would not have been possible with the support of CLC. We are now examining how these genes regulate stem cells within the tumor. These studies will allow us to better understand how tumors relapse and how to target them for therapy.” — Rajeev Vibhakar, MD, who’s clinical interest is in the treatment of Pediatric Oncology & Neuro-Oncology with an emphasis on medulloblastoma.
“Cancer is a group of dread diseases which will afflict one in three Americans during their lifetime. It is not widely recognized that more than 50% of those who develop cancer will be cured of their disease, that the cure rate increases with younger age, and that the cure rate has progressively increased over the past two decades.
“Last year the mortality rate from cancer declined for the first time. All of these positive events have developed because of the nation’s cancer research efforts. Although the National Cancer Institute is the largest single source of cancer research funds, the NCI’s funding is less than 50% of all cancer research funds, and is a small fraction of the funds spent on cancer health care.
“The dollars raised by Cancer League are essential for the cancer research effort in Colorado, providing flexible dollars for novel ideas. These novel ideas invariably lead to new grants and new ways to solve the cancer problem.”
— Dr. Paul Bunn, Principal Investigator, University of Colorado Specialized Program of Excellence in Lung Cancer
“Cancer League of Colorado has been a key partner in funding some of the most innovative science ideas of our members that have led to federal funding and advances in cancer.
It has also been instrumental in providing visionary leadership by creating an endowed chair so the University of Colorado Cancer Center can recruit the best and brightest leaders in cancer research in the nation.”
— Dr. Dan Theodorescu, University of Colorado Cancer Center Director and Bladder Cancer Researcher, Surgeon
“Why am I Dedicated To The Ones I Love?
Twenty two years ago, while trying to find a place to put my grief over the loss of my best friend to breast cancer, Fleta Johnsen (Cancer League past president and close friend) told me about Cancer League. 100% volunteer, no paid staff, no overhead, 100% of every dollar raised goes to services and research. I joined!
The first 10 years I spent doing small things – mailings, donating stamps – just finding my way! Then onto the Hope Ball committee and from there to the Board and then to President. While President-elect, I lost my college roommate to a rapidly moving sarcoma. How could I do this job (my grief was so intense)? Maybe I should dedicate my year as CLC President to her? Driving home, I heard the Mamas and the Papas’ recording of Dedicated to the One I Love…. Maybe I can do this…… talked to the board, changed our tag line from Commitment to Colorado to Dedicated to the Ones We Love.
Scott and I sat down and made a list. Not only had we lost his mom to ovarian cancer, two friends to breast cancer, two uncles to colon cancer, a roommate to sarcoma, now our son-in-law, Paul is fighting a rare form of Lymphoma. After much thinking we counted 57 dear friends, family and co-workers! We had to dedicate our time and talent to eradicating cancer.
We decided Cancer League would become ours and our Company’s “Philanthropy”, not just cancer, but Cancer League in particular. Both family and Gateway Services Group support Cancer League and its four major fundraisers – Golf Tournament, Race for Research, Over the Edge and the Hope Ball. We sit on a variety of Cancer League boards – Corporate Advisory, Executive and Foundation. We, as a team, chair the Hope Ball Raffle and are part of the Endowment of Hope. We help wherever we are needed.
In our small way we hope that we can be a part of making cancer a thing of the past.” — Martha Jentz
“Since 2007, Cancer League of Colorado has been supporting LifeSpark, with funding that has helped us become a strong and viable service organization in the Metro Denver area. We were birthed by QuaLife Wellness Community. But after they closed, we were nurtured and supported by Cancer League. We cannot overstate how important this relationship has been over the years, not only for the monetary support, but also for your steadfast belief in us and our work. Cancer League helped LifeSpark have the confidence to carry out our mission. “–Sandy Priester
Epic Experience continues to be in awe of the generosity of all of those involved with Cancer League of Colorado. We thank all of the donors and volunteers involved with Cancer League of Colorado for providing support to the cancer community. Your generosity continues to help Epic Experience provide adult cancer survivors with week long adventure camps here in the beautiful Colorado Rockies.
Here are the words of one of our campers and what your gift has done for our survivors:
“I’ve left feeling reinvigorated and even more grateful for Epic Experience. Surviving cancer is only the first step. Putting your life back together can be just as hard. Being a member of the Epic Experience family has helped me do that.” –Tim “Sharkbait” Ryan
“Cancer League of Colorado is an organization near to my heart as my father passed away from cancer a few years ago.
I am especially proud to be associated with Cancer League because it is a 100% volunteer organization with every penny raised going directly to research and patient care projects here in Colorado.”
–Bill Owens, Former Governor of Colorado