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The Woiner Foundation gives $90,000 to melanoma, pancreatic cancer research

Saturday, February 2, 2019

As a result of a successful 6th year of fundraising, in December 2018 The Woiner Foundation was able to award a total of $90,000 to directly support the fight against melanoma and pancreatic cancer.  The foundation has awarded a total of $410,000 since it began its work in 2013.

The foundation awarded $45,000 to the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center’s Melanoma and Skin Cancer program, led since 1986 by Dr. John M. Kirkwood.  The program has made significant advances in treatment of advanced melanoma, and operable high-risk melanoma over the past 6 years, accelerated by The Woiner Foundation's growing support of new research. Where only 6 years ago there were no medical treatments that improved survival of inoperable advanced melanoma, there are now 13. Where previously there was only one treatment that prevented relapse after surgery, Dr. Kirkwood’s team in the past year developed two new and more effective adjuvant treatments.  Combinations of new immunotherapy have improved survival rates, and the cure of operable disease.  The consistent and growing support from The Woiner Foundation has allowed Dr. Kirkwood and the Hillman Melanoma Program the opportunity to improve the cure of melanoma in all stages.

The foundation also awarded $45,000 to the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer to support the work of Dr. A. James Moser at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Moser and his Pancreatic Cancer Research Program team are at the forefront of combating this tremendously complex disease head-on. Dr. Moser’s research team works not only to increase scientific understanding at a molecular level, but to increase patient care quality in the clinic as well. BIDMC functions at the lead site on Project Survival, a biomarker discovery study. Recently, Dr. Moser’s team has met the recruitment target for the study, with more than 300 patients participating at BIDMC alone. In addition, Dr. Moser is also working on a Phase II Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy clinical trial, which began in April 2018. In May 2018, Dr. Moser founded the Pancreas and Liver Institute Disease Registry and Biorepository. This core biorepository aims to facilitate collaborative efforts among academic researchers, physicians, and industry partners to create a hub of pancreatic and liver research at BIDMC.

VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE 2018 CHECK PRESENTATION CELEBRATION

The Woiner Foundation raised the money through its sixth annual 3-2-1 Ride event, which was attended by more than 500 area cyclists and volunteers on Oct. 14, 2018 on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

2018 3-2-1 Ride photos available for free download!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hundreds of great photos from the 6th annual 3-2-1 Ride on Sunday, Oct. 14th are available for free high-res download!

Finish Line & Rita's Ride Photos (including photos from the DigiBooths photo booth): VIEW & DOWNLOAD

Tim's Tour Ride Photos: VIEW & DOWNLOAD

Metric Century Ride Photos: VIEW & DOWNLOAD

Slideshow on WPXI.com: VIEW

HUGE thanks to our volunteer photographers Nam, Bec, Marina & Jon for taking all of the photos.  Enjoy!