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VLCM Foundation

Updated Birdie Benefits at Charity Golf Tournament

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Nov 15, 2017 3:11:00 PM

 

 

To make the golf tournament better for donors, and to help us reach our goals, we've made a change to our Birdie sponsorship.

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Foundation to Give Foursome to HCI for a Second Time

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Nov 2, 2017 2:10:00 PM

 

 

At 2017's United Against Cancer charity golf tournament, we tried something new for the first time: inviting experts from Huntsman Cancer Institute, giving them the opportunity to golf, and asking them to briefly speak at our program. We will be doing the same in 2018.

At the last tournament, a patient, physician-scientist (someone who both treats patients and does research), and a dosimetrist (someone who helps administer radiation therapy), along with a representative from Huntsman Cancer Foundation were able to come.

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United Against Cancer Golf Tournament Raises $112,000 for Cancer Research

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Sep 29, 2017 4:19:37 PM

VLCM Foundation held its annual United Against Cancer golf tournament on September 13th. This year, as always, Huntsman Cancer Foundation will receive every cent raised from the 10th such event, a relatively unique claim as far as charity events go: most use at least some of the money raised to cover the cost of the event. All expenses were paid by VLCM--ensuring that 100% of the donations could be used for research.

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VLCM Foundation Donates Tournament Foursome to HCI

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Sep 11, 2017 3:16:32 PM

As VLCM Foundation grows, we want to make a point of focusing on cancer and cancer research rather than just golf (although the golfing is amazing if we do say so ourselves). In keeping with this goal, frequent donors to the United Against Cancer charity golf tournament will see some small changes this year. We're very excited about them.

Perhaps one of the most exciting things we've decided to do this year is to donate a foursome back to Huntsman Cancer Institute. Four members of their community have been invited to play with us this year and they've accepted.

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VLCM Foundation Awarded GuideStar's Gold Seal of Transparency

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Aug 15, 2017 10:34:53 AM

 

 

VLCM Foundation has received GuideStar's Gold Seal of Transparency for the 2017 year.

GuideStar is the world's largest information source for non-profit organizations. They encourage charities to be transparent and open to the public with information about things like our financials, goals, leadership, capabilities, and strategies. Donors trying to find more information about charities can search GuideStar's database and better evaluate whether that charity is reputable before they invest their trust and donations.

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Why Hasn't Cancer Been Cured? It's Complicated

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Aug 9, 2017 10:03:00 AM

 

In 1971, in the wake of the eradication of polio and the first man on the moon, then-President Richard M. Nixon signed a bill into law called the National Cancer Act. Jon Huntsman, Sr., served on his staff at the time. The bill expanded the powers of the National Cancer Institute and designated more money to the effort to cure cancer.

Although cancer has been recognized for a great deal of time—since ancient Egypt in about 3000 BC—and many doctors and scientists were already dedicated to curing the disease, the bill accelerated work in what became known as the War on Cancer.

Some guessed that the disease would be eradicated by 1976.

There are many reasons that a cure hasn’t been found more than 40 years and hundreds of billions of dollars later, but not least among them that is that curing cancer is far more complex than perhaps any other human undertaking.

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Topics: Science

7 Things You Should Know About Huntsman Cancer Institute

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Aug 2, 2017 2:06:17 PM

 

 

1. Despite being smaller and younger than many of the top cancer centers in the world, Huntsman Cancer Institute is the world leader in discovery of inherited genes that confer susceptibility of cancer.

They have discovered mutations leading to neurofibromatosis, colon cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and paraganglioma, among others.

 

2. CEO and Director Mary Beckerle and the Huntsman family believe that Huntsman Cancer Institute will play a major role in the curing of cancer.

The institute is uniquely positioned for success. Its researchers work on the cutting edge of medicine and technology, and combine those formidable resources with a truly priceless one: the Utah Population Database. The database gives them mountains of data to analyze; it approaches 22 million records today. The next comparable database is in Iceland, and it contains 100,000 records.

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7 Things You Should Know About VLCM Foundation

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Jul 26, 2017 4:05:16 PM

 

 

1. All monetary and goods donations to VLCM Foundation are 100% tax deductible.

Because VLCM Foundation has been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you itemize your taxes, your donation can be used as a deduction on your taxes come tax-time. You can only take the deduction in the year you donate. This process involves filing a Form 1040 and itemizing all your deductions on Schedule A. You must keep your donation receipt as proof of your donation—if you were ever audited, the IRS will only accept written acknowledgment from VLCM Foundation, a credit card or bank statement, or a canceled check as verification.

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Mary Beckerle: "Very fortunate conductor of a world-class orchestra"

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Jul 19, 2017 2:01:04 PM

 

Growing up, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and Director Mary Beckerle never dreamed of being a scientist. She wanted to be either a fireman or a ballerina.

She wasn't interested in science until college, when she took a biology course from a female professor. Not only did she gain an interest in the subject, but also a sense that she would be able to work in the field as a female. She later said she wanted to take every class the professor taught.

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Topics: People

Donate to VLCM Foundation at No Cost to You

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Jul 10, 2017 3:20:27 PM

That headline isn't a lie, and there are no catches at all.

One very quick and easy way you can help VLCM Foundation raise money for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute is in the course of your regular online shopping through Amazon, with their service AmazonSmile.

Completely free to you, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of any eligible purchase on amazon.com to VLCM Foundation. "Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product details page."

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