Most people have probably heard of different stages of cancer, especially if you know anyone who’s dealt with the disease. The system that’s likely familiar for many is on a scale of 0 to IV, and it’s simple to intuit that a higher number generally refers to cancer which is more advanced. Outside that, the number probably doesn’t mean much to you. To doctors, though, it means a lot.
You’ve probably heard of your skeletal, immune, and cardiovascular systems. One biological system you may not have heard of is the lymphatic system. What is it, and what are lymph nodes?
There's a reason Huntsman Cancer Institute says they have an "elephant doctor" and it's not because they're working on treating cancer in both elephants and humans. In fact, it's because elephants rarely get cancer. The elephant doctor himself, Dr. Joshua Schiffman, wanted to find out why. Now that he thinks he has, he wants to understand it better and find out whether that knowledge can help treat cancer in humans.
As we work on improving the experience donors have at the United Against Cancer charity golf tournament, we're especially concerned with helping attract new donors at the Par, Birdie, and Eagle level to try and boost us to our goal of reaching $1 million.
To make the golf tournament better for donors, and to help us reach our goals, we've made a change to our Birdie sponsorship.
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.
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.
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.
VLCM Foundation has received GuideStar's Gold Seal of Transparency for the 2017 year.
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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.