Cancer Survivor’s Spinning Event Supports CPIC

December 2013

A special message from Sally Glaser, Ph.D.:
Dear Get In Front Supporter,

This is the final issue in which I write to you as Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Six months ago, after five years of serving as CEO, I formally resigned from my role so that I could, at this time, return to a full focus on my CPIC work as a research scientist and Director of CPIC’s Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry. I have been honored to lead and represent CPIC and I am proud of our efforts to Get In Front of cancer. You may read more below about this transition. Also in this issue, we share our newest research work, as well as some photos and updates from two recent fundraising events. Thank you for your support of CPIC this year and in the past. I wish you and your families a healthy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

A Conversation with Resigning CPIC CEO Sally Glaser, Ph.D.

As mentioned above, Sally Glaser, Ph.D., has stepped down from her role as CPIC’s Chief Executive Officer after five years of service. A search firm, aided at CPIC by a CEO search committee, is currently evaluating candidates to assume the CEO role. In the meantime, a leadership team is governing the organization. This team includes CPIC Board of Trustees Chairman Samuel Bronfman II, CPIC Chief Operating Officer Reed Goertler, and CPIC Director of Research Ann Hsing, Ph.D. In the following question-and-answer feature, Dr. Glaser explains that she feels it is always healthy for organizational leadership to change from time to time, in addressing her decision to resign, and she also talks about some of CPIC’s proudest achievements over her tenure as CEO. We encourage you to click on the link below to read more about Dr. Glaser, as she reflects on the past five years and looks forward to her years ahead at CPIC, as she focuses more fully on her research and continues to oversee the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry.

Read our interview with Sally Glaser, Ph.D.

Proceeds from Get In Front Performance 2013 Surpass Last Year's Results

The Get In Front Performance 2013, which took place on November 12th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, has raised more than $240,000, which will go directly toward CPIC’s mission to prevent cancer and reduce its burden. This surpasses the results from last year’s performance, indicating that support for cancer prevention is growing through CPIC’s Get In Front campaign. We extend our gratitude to all of the attendees and supporters of this year’s event, who helped to make it such a success, including the Get In Front Performance dancers, Committee members, corporate and private sponsors, volunteers, and in-kind contributors. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Get In Front Performance Co-Founders Garen Scribner, James Sofranko, and Margaret Karl, for their tireless work and vision to support and inspire people to come together for this unique and unparalleled evening of exciting performing arts. Please click on the link below to enjoy some spectacular photos, courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography, of the Get In Front performance, sponsor reception, and post-performance party.

View photos from this year's Get In Front Performance

'Tis the Season...of Giving!

Imagine how many lives would be improved, and how many would be saved, if we could get in front of cancer. With your support this holiday season, CPIC can do more to work toward a world without cancer. We’ve already made significant strides, with CPIC research findings leading to legislation, education and critical cancer screenings. Every day our scientists work to understand the genetic, environmental, racial/ethnic, socio-economic and lifestyle factors related to why cancer occurs by studying cancer patterns in the Bay Area and across the nation. Armed with that understanding, we can then pursue the best approaches to prevention. But our progress can only be continued with your support. While cancer survival rates have improved, anyone who’s been diagnosed will tell you they would have preferred prevention over treatment. That’s why we’re asking for your help. With your gift to CPIC, we can continue to work toward a day when there is no cancer.

Support our efforts to prevent cancer and reduce its burden

Cancer Survivor & Spinning Enthusiast's "JOYride" Benefits CPIC

Financial planner and mother-of-two Joy Boatwright was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40, after her first mammogram. She underwent surgery and radiation, and survived, and now encourages wellness in others. Joy, who is an avid indoor cyclist and the epitome of her name, organized the “JOYride,” a spinning event that raised $6,000 for CPIC and UCSF on November 22nd at San Francisco’s Soul Cycle. Knowing exercise can reduce risk and recurrence of some cancers, she designed the JOYride to include 45 minutes of spinning to inspirational music. She aimed to educate women to take care of themselves as she shared her passion for fitness and health, and did just that, with many of the over 50 women who attended saying they've never been more inspired. Joy says she also wanted to set a good example of charitable giving for her children, and said that “CPIC is 100% where I would want money to go in the fight against cancer. Their research helps us understand why so many people are getting cancer and how we can change that.” Thank you, Joy, for your inspiring support!

Join Joy in supporting CPIC

The Pipeline: CPIC Contributes to Large-Scale, Multiethnic Study of Underlying Genetic Susceptibilities to Disease

Some of CPIC’s newest work includes our participation in a large collaborative initiative to decipher, on a large scale, how subtle genetic changes are linked to a wide range of diseases and conditions, including cancer and obesity, among others. CPIC’s involvement will be part of work directed by the University of Southern California and the University of Hawaii, and will focus on less-studied minority groups such as African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Hawaiians, many of which tend to have a greater incidence of disease. CPIC’s Iona Cheng, Ph.D., and team are contributing expertise to the study’s design and research methods, and will also be involved in analyzing study data. The researchers hope that studying these genetic variations will allow them to better understand the biological complexities of many diseases, leading to more personalized prevention, diagnoses and treatment.

Learn about our other recently funded projects

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