Mark your calendars & Get In Front!

April 2014 

Dear Get in Front Supporter

While you're doing your spring cleaning, remember to also mark your calendars! This month, along with our research, we offer you a number of upcoming CPIC-affiliated events to consider attending. In addition to those featured below, we're also excited to announce a cocktail party taking place on April 29th in anticipation of our upcoming 40th anniversary celebration in June, as well as two annual events in support of CPIC Community Education – the PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic on May 5th and the Oakland A's Breast Cancer Awareness Day on May 11th.

The Pipeline: Does Air Pollution from L.A. Traffic Contribute to Breast Cancer?

Images:  iStockphoto

Three grants were recently awarded to CPIC for our research work. One supports CPIC Research Scientist Iona Cheng, Ph.D., and her collaborator at USC in their new study of Los Angeles County’s traffic-related air pollution in relation to breast cancer risk. Vehicle exhaust contains cancer-causing chemicals – including one shown to cause mammary cancers in rodents – and is a major contributor to California’s high rates of air pollution. Los Angeles County’s particularly high volume of traffic, and, therefore potentially high rates of cancer-causing chemicals in the air, makes it an ideal focus of this study. “Our study, which happens to be the first large-scale comprehensive investigation of air pollution and breast cancer in minorities, will help us understand how patterns of exposure to air pollution may impact breast cancer risk,” said Dr. Cheng.

Learn more about this study and our other recently funded work

Sneak Peek at Mother's Day Garden Brunch Auction Items and Still Time to Get Tickets!

Next month’s Get In Front Mother’s Day Garden Brunch on Sunday, May 4th at 11:00 am in Atherton is set to be a wonderful way to celebrate women and support cancer prevention at the same time. Taking place one week before Mother’s Day, the event will include a silent auction, providing guests with many Mother’s Day gift options, including getaways to some of California’s most beautiful destinations, pampering services, cultural activities in the Bay Area, family outings, and more. The brunch, hosted at a private home, will be catered by PlumpJack Group and sponsored in-kind by The Scout Guide. Help CPIC Get in Front of cancer by honoring the women in your life at this multi-generational event for individuals and families.

Purchase your tickets to the Get In Front Mother’s Day Garden Brunch today

CPIC Welcomes Two New Board Trustees

Betsy England                    Elona Baum

Betsy England image courtesy of 
Morris Polich & Purdy LLP

With two new members recently joining CPIC’s Board of Trustees, CPIC is on a fast trajectory of inspiring others to support its mission to prevent cancer and reduce its burden. Elizabeth A. “Betsy” England, a Northern California Super Lawyer, accomplished civil litigator, and active member of the California State Bar, says that she is inspired to learn more about cancer prevention, and that as a two-time cancer survivor herself, she finds the work of CPIC resonates with her. Life sciences executive and legal expert Elona Baum is drawn, in particular, to CPIC’s “innovative research” and looks forward to “ensuring CPIC continues its long history of scientific excellence and public education.”

Learn more about Betsy                   Learn more about Elona

Meet CPIC's 40th Anniversary Celebration Award Honorees and Purchase Your Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for CPIC’s 40th Anniversary celebration, Pioneering Prevention, taking place on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Gap Inc. Headquarters in San Francisco. It will be a fabulous evening celebrating 40 years of progress. Last month, we announced the names of the award recipients to be honored at the event. To learn more about each of these awardees and to purchase your tickets, please click on the link below. We are also pleased to welcome the Shattuck family as a platinum sponsor of the event. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

Learn more about the award honorees and purchase tickets to CPIC's 40th anniversary celebration

CPIC to Co-Sponsor Free Event Promoting Health in South Asian Communities

Image: Palo Alto Medical Foundation

In honor of April being Minority Health Awareness Month, we are pleased to announce that together with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and others, CPIC is co-sponsoring a free community event focused on health issues with particular relevance to the South Asian community. Titled, “South Asian Health: Partnering for Community Wellness,” the conference will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Sunnyvale location. The program will feature speakers presenting research on South Asian health issues, including CPIC Research Scientist Scarlett Gomez, Ph.D., who will give a presentation based on her research of cancer incidence among South Asian Americans.

Click here for more information about the conference

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