Meet the Challenge to Prevent Cancer

Special Edition 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

Everyone’s life has been touched by cancer, directly or through co-workers, family or friends. For almost 40 years, CPIC has been making great inroads toward cancer prevention through the incredible work, commitment and passion of its world-class researchers. But to fulfill our mission of someday having a world without cancer, we need to rely on the generosity of people like you. During this season of giving, we at CPIC have put together this special holiday newsletter that offers you an opportunity to meet a cancer survivor whose career is dedicated to cancer prevention research. Also, we’d like you to learn about an exciting giving challenge and how you can make the holiday season more meaningful. Lastly, we invite you to read about what moves others to give. We hope you, too, are inspired by these stories and by the important and exciting work done by CPIC in cancer prevention research. Our work, our commitment and our passion are as important to preventing cancer as your support. Thank you and be well.

Behind the Scenes: Volunteer, Advocate & Staff — All Three in One

Helen Chen is a Research Associate at CPIC, but her job began with a personal journey. When she graduated from UCLA, she moved to Beijing to work on AIDS research. When a young boy died in her arms because his mother didn’t know how to keep him from contracting her AIDS, Helen shifted her focus to disease prevention. Then at twenty-seven, Helen had another experience that again dramatically changed her life — she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Helen returned to California where she underwent successful treatment. One day, she heard about a job in cancer research with CPIC. “Cancer wasn’t on my list of areas to research,” says Helen. “I thought it was for old people, but I was proof that it wasn’t.” Helen has now been at CPIC for two years.

Besides CPIC, Helen is involved with many cancer-related organizations and speaks to young woman about the need for breast self-examinations and prevention. Recently she attended the Pretty in Pink Party in Los Angeles, raising money to benefit CPIC. Helen is also passionate about her job. “I am involved in exciting research on breast and other cancers,” explains Helen. “I like to be on the winning side of things and I am totally convinced prevention is that winning side.”

Find out how you can be on the winning side of preventing cancer!

One Size Fits All

It is that time of year when we ask ourselves — does Uncle Joe need yet another cardigan or Mom one more bottle of cologne? Why not give a gift that not only has real meaning, but also has the potential to someday create a world without cancer?

During this holiday season, please consider honoring a family member, friend or coworker with a gift to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. CPIC is the only research institute that focuses exclusively on the work that leads to cancer prevention, and this special tribute truly expresses your love and appreciation of those who mean so much to you.

Every year, one out of two people hear the scary words — you have cancer. With your donation to CPIC, we can continue our important research into preventing cancer, so that one day no one will have to hear those words again.

CPIC will send the honoree a card acknowledging your gift. The amount remains confidential between you and CPIC.

To make a gift, click here or contact: Sandi Farrell at or 510-608-5003.

Learn about the different ways you can support CPIC

Supporting Cancer Prevention Counts Twice

Preventing cancer in our lifetime is so important and now, your gift to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California can count twice thanks to a generous Matching Challenge. All gifts to CPIC received for general operating revenues by December 31, 2012 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000, putting a total of $50,000 toward preventing cancer.

Former CPIC Board member, Vinita Gupta, and Board Chair of Varian and CPIC Major Gift Donor, Dick Levy, began this year’s Matching Challenge because they understand that prevention is the key to a cancer-free future, and they wanted to help other donors to double the impact of their gifts to CPIC. The exciting opportunity the Matching Challenge provides will ensure that CPIC can continue its cutting-edge research on understanding cancer causes, and ultimately create a world without cancer.

The time is now to have your donation count twice! With your support the goal of a cancer-free world can be within reach. Please become part of CPIC’s Matching Challenge by December 31st and know that your support will go even further.

Click here to help CPIC meet its Matching Challenge

Why I Give

Everyone has a personal reason for giving to CPIC. During this time of giving, we want to share with you why some of our donors choose CPIC.

“We have daughters, daughters-in-laws, granddaughters and great granddaughters. We give to CPIC because we believe in preventing breast cancer and we care about their futures.” - Judy and Rance Howard

“I give to CPIC and its mission of cancer prevention because cancer has taken too much from me and too many of the people I love.” - Robert McLaughlin

More quotes on why people give

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