Vol. 13 No. 1 - August, 2010

Team leaders get inspired to Walk to Cure Cancer

wtcc
The 12th annual Walk to Cure Cancer will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, starting on the Medical School green

Walk to Cure Cancer team leaders heard inspirational stories from cancer survivors, veteran walkers and UMass Medical School cancer researchers at a kickoff breakfast in June. More than 15,000 people are expected to participate in the 12th annual Walk to Cure Cancer, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, starting on the Medical School green.

The largest single-day fund-raising event for the Cancer Center of Excellence, the five-mile walk has raised more than $6 million to fund life-saving cancer research.

“As we begin our 12th year, please know of our appreciation for your efforts.” Chancellor Michael F. Collins told the crowd. “The money that you raise will help us further our efforts in cancer research.”

Michael Blute, MD, professor of surgery and director of the Cancer Center of Excellence, reported that cancer research is rapidly changing in a “profound and powerful” way. He noted that more cancer genes have been mapped in the last year than the 10 years before, leading to potential targets for treatments. “It’s an exciting time to be here.”

“What you have in this community is the best opportunity to have cancer diagnosed and treated,” said Gary S. Stein, PhD, the Gerald L. Haidak, MD, and Zelda S. Haidak Professor of Cell Biology and chair and professor of cell biology, a cancer survivor himself.

To learn more about the walk and get inspired to participate yourself, visit http://www.walktocurecancer.org.