$35,000 was given to the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer, which supports the work of Dr. James Moser. Dr. Moser and his team at the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are successfully harvesting and growing 3D cultures of pancreatic tumors (organoids) removed from patients undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer. Organoids offer a rapid method for testing tumor responses to chemotherapy agents in the laboratory before patients are exposed to drugs which may be ineffective against their cancers. Organoid technology is bringing Precision Medicine into clinical practice by allowing researchers to find new treatments for pancreatic cancer that can be used to personalize treatment options for patients.
$35,000 was also given to the Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, under the direction of Dr. John Kirkwood. This program has made significant advances in treatment of advanced melanoma, and operable high-risk melanoma. Combinations of new immunotherapy that harness the body’s own immune defenses to conquer melanoma have improved survival rates. The opportunity to improve the cure of melanoma in all stages is greater today than ever before in history, with 10 new FDA- approved drugs. Combined immune and anti-tumor treatments offer even larger gains in the near future. The translational science that guides the application of these new combinations is the focus of research supported by The Woiner Foundation.
The 4th annual 3-2-1 Ride Pittsburgh was a record-setting event, raising more than $72,000. That’s 31% more than last year, bringing our four-year total to $202,500! Thank you to all of our riders, sponsors and volunteers for making a difference! The date of the 5th annual 3-2-1 Ride, coming Oct. 2017, will be set in the Spring.
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The Woiner Foundationis Pittsburgh-based and volunteer-run. Our mission is to fight melanoma and pancreatic cancer by increasing awareness, supporting patients, survivors and families and fundraising for research.