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Ellen’s Icebreaker Polar Plunge to benefit cancer research

Jan. 19 - Brave souls are invited to plunge in Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research, held in memory of Ellen Smith, a beloved Froedtert Hospital employee who lost her battle with gastric cancer Oct. 20, 2013, at the age of 59. The plunge into icy Nagawicka Lake in Hartland will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13. Check-in for the event will begin at 10 a.m., with the plunge to follow afterwards.

MPS students, experts invite community to learn about cancer prevention, racial disparities in Milw

Jan. 21 - Families and community members are invited to learn more about cancer prevention and cancer-related racial disparities from students and experts as Milwaukee Public Schools’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) hosts a health fair. The MHSA service learning project is happening thanks to a grant from the American Cancer Society and Kohl’s to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Through the grant, MHSA students have been studying cancer and related racial disparities in Milwaukee, and hearing from MCW guest speakers.Milwaukee Courier, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Neighborhood News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and WISN

Marquette High School hockey team to support pediatric brain cancer research at MCW

Jan. 20 - The Marquette University High School (MUHS) hockey team is teaming with the Biel Family and the Medical College of Wisconsin to raise awareness about pediatric brain cancer. The MUHS vs. University School of Milwaukee hockey game at Eble Park on Friday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., will be Brain Cancer Awareness Night. There will be a small raffle with awesome prizes before the game, and raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. There will also be a “change bucket” passed after the second period to collect additional gifts.

First Wisconsin Review of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium planned for Jan. 30

Jan. 18 - The first Wisconsin Review of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium is planned for Saturday, Jan. 30, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Potawatomi Hotel in Milwaukee. The program will provide a review of key information presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).

MCW Cancer Center collaborates to help high school students learn how to reduce cancer risk

Jan. 13 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center (MCWCC) and Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) have engaged in a project that helps high school students understand how healthy food and activity choices will impact cancer risk for them and their families in the years to come.

Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament on Jan. 23 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Jan. 4 - The eighth annual Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Sussex Bowl. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center for cancer research. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Still a kid at heart, Pediatrician Hematologist-Oncologist Dr. Tower directs Fellowship Program

Jan. 5 - As a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist and current Director of the Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplantation Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, housed in the MACC Fund Research Center, Dr. Richard Tower has the best of both worlds…maybe even more.

Kathryn Kuhn to serve on Association of American Cancer Institutes’ Government Relations Committee

Dec. 29 - Kathryn A. Kuhn, MCW vice president of government and community relations, has been asked to serve on the Association of American Cancer Institutes' (AACI) Government Relations Forum Steering Committee. Her term runs through 2018. The Government Relations Forum was created to coordinate efforts among all the cancer centers in educating members of Congress and local officials about the cancer research enterprise and the positive impact cancer center initiatives have on patients. It facilitates a better understanding of policy issues as they pertain to cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship.

MACC Fund offers many ways to support pediatric cancer research this holiday season

Dec. 17 - The MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), the College's largest donor, has two items for sale this holiday season to raise money for pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research. All money raised from the sale of these items benefits the MACC Fund.

Dr. Melinda Stolley to keynote community event for breast cancer survivors and families

Dec. 11 - Dr. Melinda Stolley, MCW Cancer Center Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control and Professor of Medicine, is the keynote speaker at the Sisters 4 Cure 2015 Access Granted, Knowledge & Healing = Hope event on Dec. 17.

Graduate student aims at brain research

Using technology and tools that the Medical College of Wisconsin was a world leader in developing, a PhD student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and her faculty mentor are pursuing brain research with potential to benefit cancer patients.

Gut studies hold promise for prevention

Medical College of Wisconsin researchers are studying intestinal bacteria as a promising new approach for the prevention of heart attacks and a range of other conditions, including pediatric liver disease and antibiotic-resistant, hospital-acquired infections.

Research changes views on breast cancer

A research collaboration is helping to eliminate obstacles to breast cancer screening among African American women in central Milwaukee. Research collaborators include members of the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Froedtert Hospital, and community leaders and advocates.

MCW Cancer Center welcomes Dr. Lisa Sharp from the University of Illinois – Chicago

Dec. 3 - Lisa Sharp, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago in the College of Pharmacy (Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy), will give a presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Auditorium. Dr. Sharp’s presentation is titled, The Social Determinates of Health, a talk that is applicable to almost every major public health issue in our area.

Dr. J. Frank Wilson receives highest volunteer award from American Cancer Society

Nov. 4 - J. Frank Wilson, MD, Chair and Bernard and Miriam Peck Family Professor of Radiation Oncology and Director Emeritus of the MCW Cancer Center, was recently presented with the prestigious St. George National Award at the American Cancer Society (ACS) Midwest Division board meeting in Iowa.

Pink bun alert: Sobelman’s Burgers for Breast Cancer Fundraiser to take place Oct. 18

Oct. 7 - All day Sunday, Oct. 18, Sobelman’s will be offering juicy burgers on pink buns, and $1 from each burger sold will go to WBCS, Inc. to support breast cancer research at MCW. Burgers can be purchased at Sobelman’s 1900 W. St. Paul location from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

10-year-old twins fight leukemia together

Oct. 7 - WGNO reports on 10-year-old twin girls who are fighting leukemia. As one of the twins completed her treatment, the second began showing symptoms. Both were treated at CHW. The story had national reach and was covered by CNN. WGNO

MACC Fund profile: Brandon Novack

Oct. 7 - The Sheboygan Press profiled, Brandon Novak, a former pediatric cancer patient who benefited from the MACC Fund. The young man talks about the hope he received as he looked out his patient window at night to lights burning at MCW where cancer research was being conducted. Sheboygan Press

Get Your Rear in Gear® Run/Walk on Oct. 10 to benefit colon cancer

Oct. 6 - The Get Your Rear in Gear® 5K Run, two-mile walk and kids' fun run for colon cancer will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Wauwatosa.

MCW Dream Team participates in 21st annual Ridin’ to a Cure Motorcycle Rally

Sept. 30 - On Saturday, Sept. 26, a team from MCW participated in the 21st annual “Ridin’ to a Cure,” sponsored by Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter. Proceeds from this event benefit the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation, which supports breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Jeffrey A. Medin, PhD, named MACC Fund Endowed Professor

Sept. 24 - Jeffrey A. Medin, PhD, has been named the MACC Fund Professor in the department of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Dr. Medin currently serves as a professor in the department of medical biophysics and the institute of medical science, faculty of medicine, at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Mequon man's life saved by daughter's bone marrow

Sept. 23 - WISN coverage of a Mequon man with a rare form of leukemia who is giving a life saving bone marrow transplant. His daughter was the donor. The article ran to raise awareness for World Marrow Donor Day. WISN

“Buddy Check 6” Reminds Women to Perform Breast Self-Examinations

Sept. 21 - Fox-TV/Channel 6, in partnership with Froedtert & MCW, is promoting “Buddy Check 6”; a project in which women are encouraged to remind friends to perform a breast self-examination on the 6th of each month. Fox6Now

Joan Lubar Profiled; Established Cancer Center’s Siegel Quality of Life Center

Sept. 14 - The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle profiles Joan Lubar, who established the Jeffrey C. Siegel Quality of Life Center at the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center in memory of her late husband. Lubar is the 2015-16 Annual Campaign Chair for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Management of Esophageal Carcinoma Symposium planned for Sept. 25

Sept. 14 - The Department of Surgery is hosting a half-day Management of Esophageal Carcinoma Symposium on Friday, Sept. 25, in the Milwaukee Yacht Club Boat House, 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. The event will run from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and include lunch.

21st annual Ridin’ to a Cure Motorcycle Rally to take place Sept. 25-26

Sept. 14 - Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter will hold the 21st annual “Ridin’ to a Cure” on Sept. 25 and 26 in Oconomowoc. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation, which supports breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Pancreatic Cancer Symposium planned for Sept. 18

Sept. 10 - The Department of Surgery is hosting a half-day Fall Pancreatic Cancer Symposium on Friday, Sept. 18, in the Milwaukee Yacht Club Boat House, 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. The event will run from 12-5 p.m. and include lunch.

Understanding Mesothelioma Education Event offered Sept. 29

Sept. 4 - On Tuesday, Sept. 29, there will be a free event titled Understanding Mesothelioma for patients, their families and health care providers. It will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Clinical Cancer Center and include the most current information and awareness about mesothelioma.

Chemokine immune molecule inhibits growth and spread of pancreatic cancer

Sept. 1 - Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have demonstrated that a chemokine protein (CXCL12), an important molecule of the body's immune system, can suppress metastasis which is the spread of cancer from one part of the body to another.

Chasing Chad to host Casino Night Gala to benefit brain tumor research at MCW

Aug. 27 - “Lady Luck” will be on our side Friday, Sept. 18, when Chasing Chad hosts its second annual Casino Night Gala to benefit brain tumor research at MCW. This fundraiser will feature casino games and other entertainment, a silent auction, door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, and a special signature cocktail.

Three MCW leaders named 2015 Distinguished Service Award winners

Aug. 27 - Three Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) leaders have been chosen to receive Distinguished Service Awards for 2015. The awards, which represent MCW’s highest faculty and staff honor, will be presented at MCW’s Convocation Ceremony on October 6.

Bergstrom’s “Drive for a Cure” Raises $75,232 for Breast Cancer Research

Aug. 25 - The Appleton Post Crescent reports that Bergstrom Automotive’s two-day “Drive for a Cure” raised $75,232 to support breast cancer research at the MCW Cancer Center. Post Crescent

Dr. Drobyski Receives $1.5 Million NIH Grant to Study Graft Versus Host Disease

Aug. 19 - Dr. William Drobyski (Medicine – Hematology/Oncology; Pediatrics; Microbiology & Molecular Genetics) received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the pathophysiology of graft versus host disease in allogeneic stem cell transplant recipients. Lake Country Now

Judie Bernarde Cancer Golf Outing to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Aug. 17 - The 10th Annual Judie Bernarde Cancer Golf Outing for Cancer Research will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Edgewater Golf Club in Grafton. Registration and a self-serve lunch begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by a 1:00 p.m. tee-off.

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Raises Funds for MCW Research Studies

Aug. 14 - Wauwatosa Now reports that the American Cancer Society’s 2015 Relay for Life was held at Wisconsin Lutheran College, which is across the street from MCW; a major recipient of American Cancer Society research support. Wauwatosa Now

Test drive a car, support MCW breast cancer research at Bergstrom Automotive

Aug. 13 - On Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, Bergstrom Automotive will host Drive for a Cure, a two-day event to support breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center. This year, the event will be held at two locations: Victory Lane in Appleton and Washburn St. (Exit 116) in Oshkosh.

Radiology, Radiation Oncology First in U.S. to Receive ACR Accreditation Honors

Aug. 10 - Froedtert & MCW’s Departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology are the first and only practices in the United States to be awarded accreditation in all diagnostic and radiation oncology disciplines and receive designation as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence as a result of reviews by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Wauwatosa Now and Express News

Emmie S. Mikulay Tee Up for a Cure© Golf Outing to take place on Aug. 24

Aug. 6 - The 17th Annual Emmie S. Mikulay Tee Up for a Cure© Golf Outing and Gala Dinner, presented by WBCS, Inc., will be held Monday, Aug. 24, at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon.

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin first in the US to hold accreditation in all diagnostic and radiation oncology disciplines

Aug. 5 - Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology are the first and only practices in the United States to be awarded accreditation in all diagnostic and radiation oncology disciplines and receive designation as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence as a result of reviews by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Protect the Package© Golf Outing on Aug. 22 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Aug. 4 - The Protect the Package© Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Scenic View Golf Course Club in Slinger with a shotgun start at 1:15 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support basic science research for prostate and other men’s cancers at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Competition for Cancer Patients Increases in Metro Milwaukee

Aug. 3 - The cover story in the Milwaukee Business Journal focuses on the escalation of competition among hospitals for cancer patients. The newspaper provides differing reports on cancer patient volumes prepared by Froedtert and by Aurora. Milwaukee Business Journal

Annual Rock Cancer Music Festival on Aug. 15 to benefit MCW cancer research

Aug. 3 - The 7th Rock Cancer, organized by the Spierings Cancer Foundation, will take place Saturday, Aug. 15, at Doyle Park in Little Chute.

Dr. Horowitz among Nation’s Cancer Leaders Calling for Reduced Costs for Cancer Drugs

July 29 - Dr. Mary Horowitz is one 118 of the nation’s leading cancer experts who drafted recommendations for reducing the high cost of cancer drugs, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The experts noted that out-of-pocket costs for cancer medications could consume more than half of an average American household’s income. Health Medicine

Importance of generics for breast cancer patients

July 28 - Joan M. Neuner, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine (general internal), has authored a recently-published article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, The introduction of generic aromatase inhibitors and treatment adherence among Medicare D enrollees. This paper showed for the first time the importance of the availability of lower-priced generic medications in cancer care, showing that patient adherence to the oral breast cancer treatments called aromatase inhibitors improved after they became generically available.

Beat the Pro Ping Pong Tournament to benefit the MACC Fund, MCW’s largest donor

July 23 - Women for MACC is hosting a Beat the Pro Ping Pong Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Evolution Gastro Pong, 233 E. Chicago Street in the Third Ward. The family-friendly event runs from 1-4 p.m., and 100% of ticket proceeds will go to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), MCW’s largest donor, for pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research.

H.E.A.L.T.H. team efforts to support MCW ovarian cancer research

July 21 - H.E.A.L.T.H., a fundraising organization conceived by two 20-year-old, lifelong friends who are committed to supporting health causes, is asking for your support in a 5K run/walk for ovarian cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin on Sunday, August 16, at Greenfield Park.

Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Fund named charity partner for PNC Milwaukee Running Festival

July 7 - The Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Fund at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin has been selected as one of just five charity partners for the PNC Milwaukee Running Festival, which will be held for the first time Thursday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 1.

Don & Ruth Falevsky Golf Outing on July 18 to benefit MCW Cancer Research

July 9 - The 22nd annual Don & Ruth Falevsky Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, July 18, at the Camelot Country Club in Lomira, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds from this event will support cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Triumph Fund dinner at Wisconsin Club to benefit MCW Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

July 8 - The Triumph Fund is hosting a dinner, “Honoring the Lorax III,” to support the MCW Cancer Center Clinical Trials office on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. The event, which will begin at 5 p.m., will feature appetizers, dinner, dessert, and complimentary wine and soda.

Wife and Husband Give and Receive from National Marrow Donor Bank

July 7 - Dr. Ehab Atallah (Medicine – Hematology/Oncology) discusses with Fox-TV/Channel 6 the case of a Pewaukee woman treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Working through the National Marrow Donor Bank, she received bone marrow from a German donor. Her husband donated bone marrow to a patient in need in South Africa. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Wandersee Finds that DHA May Help Sickle Cell Disease Patients

July 7 - In a study reported in Blood Cells, Molecules and Diseases, lead author Nancy Wandersee, PhD, (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) reports that omega-3 fatty acids like DHA from marine animals may help people with sickle cell disease. Food Consumer

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology awarded accreditation

July 7 - Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology physician practices are the first and only practices in the United States to be awarded accreditation in all diagnostic and radiation oncology disciplines and receive designation as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence as the result of reviews by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Dr. Shi Receives Bayer Hemophilia Award

June 30 - Dr. Qizhen Shi (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) is one of six scientists in the nation to receive a Bayer Hemophilia Award from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. The awards were announced at the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. The Street

Chasing Chad Brewers game and tailgate to benefit MCW brain tumor research

June 29 - Chasing Chad is hosting its sixth annual “Bords Bash” Brewers baseball game and tailgate event on Saturday, July 18. This fund raiser includes a tailgate and admission to the Milwaukee Brewers/Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game at Miller Park.

Pancreatic Cancer Patient Authors Guest Editorial

June 25 - Susan Stansbury, a pancreatic cancer patient who is being treated at Froedtert & MCW, authored a guest editorial in the Green Bay Press Gazette that provides background information on pancreatic cancer. Green Bay Press Gazette

Dr. Stucky Co-Authors Study Identifying Serotonin Receptor as Key Mediator of Eczema

June 24 - Cheryl Stucky, PhD is a co-author of a study led by University of California – Berkeley scientists that identified a serotonin receptor as a key mediator of eczema and other forms of itch. The report is published in Neuron. Health Canal

Walk Raises Funds for Sickle Cell Clinic

June 24 - Dr. Joshua Field (Medicine – Hematology/Oncology) tells Fox TV/Channel 6 that there are close to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who have sickle cell disease. Proceeds from the Walk to Break the Sickle Cycle will benefit the Froedtert & MCW Sickle Cell Clinic, Wisconsin’s only sickle cell clinic for adults. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Qizhen Shi receives Bayer Hemophilia Award

June 23 - Qizhen Shi, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics (hematology/oncology), was one of 17 investigators from around the world to receive a grant as part of the Bayer Hemophilia Award Program (BHAP). Dr. Shi received the award during the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis Congress in Toronto for his research on platelet gene therapy of Murine Hemophilia B with inhibitors.

Double teaming fight against childhood cancer

June 16 - Teamwork builds champions. Teamwork also helps save the lives of children with cancer. At least this is the case for a pair of MACC Fund Center researchers – one a scientist the other a clinician -- who make up an amicable and very likeable pair who have teamed up for the past five years to champion an initiative harnessing the power of one’s own natural immune system to fight childhood cancer.

Juneteenth Sickle Cell Walk to benefit sickle cell patient care at Froedtert & the Medical College

June 15 - On Friday, June 19, the Northcott Neighborhood House is hosting the first Walk to Break the Sickle Cycle walkathon as part of Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Day events. All funds raised will go to benefit adult sickle cell patient care at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing on July 13 to benefit MCW Cancer Research

June 8 -The annual Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing will take place Monday, July 13, at the Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield, with a shotgun start at 12 p.m. Proceeds from this event will support hematologic malignancy (blood cancer) research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, under the direction of Parameswaran Hari, MD, Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp Professor of Hematology, director of the adult blood and marrow transplant program (BMT) at Froedtert Hospital and section head, hematologic malignancies and transplantation, in the division of hematology and oncology in the MCW department of medicine.

The secrets of bone marrow: What leads to healthy blood cell production?

June 12 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $635,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to identify new potential treatments for diseases that inhibit the growth of blood cells and diseases in which the blood cells develop abnormally.

Proceeds from Golf Outing Support Pediatric Cancer Research at MCW, Children’s

June 11 - More than 100 business executives participated in the MACC Fund’s annual golf outing in Franklin. Proceeds from the event support pediatric cancer research at MCW, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and UW’s Carbone Cancer Center. Milwaukee Business Journal

J&B Hackerfest Golf Outing on July 11 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

June 8 - The 23rd annual J&B Hackerfest Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, July 11, at the Rivermoor Golf Club in Waterford, Wisconsin, with a shotgun start at noon. Proceeds from the event will support brain tumor research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Milwaukee Business Journal Provides Photo Tour of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse

June 10 - The Milwaukee Business Journal provides a photo tour of the Shorewood mansion selected for the 2015 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse. Proceeds from the event support breast and prostate cancer research studies at MCW. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Gamblin Develops Blog to Support Cancer Patients and Their Families

June 9 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 reports on Dr. T. Clark Gamblin’s (Surgery – Surgical Oncology) development of “Together, We Are Strong,” a blog to support cancer patients and their families. Fox 6 Now

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Awards $100,000 Grants to Drs. Flister, Jeong & McNally

June 9 - The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse awarded two-year, $100,000 grants to three MCW faculty members: Michael Flister, PhD, (Physiology), Hyeongnam (Joseph) Jeong, PhD, (Dermatology), and Mark McNally, PhD, (Microbiology & Molecular Genetics). Wauwatosa Now

Bead & Button Show Includes Auction to Support MCW Breast Cancer Research

June 5 - The 15th Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee will include a silent and live auction by Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer. Proceeds from the event support breast cancer research at MCW. Biz Times

Patient cancer blog launched

June 5 - Froedtert & MCW launched a new blog written by cancer patients for cancer patients. Fox 6 interviewed Dr. Clark Gamblin about the blog and the importance of cancer patients being able to relate to other patients who have shared similar experiences. WITI TV

Dr. Shi Receives $1.5 Million NIH Grant for Hemophilia Blood Platelet Gene Therapies Studies

June 4 - Dr. Qizhen Shi (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to continue studies on blood platelet gene therapies for hemophilia A. Phys.org

Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride to benefit MCW Cardiovascular Center

June 3 - The Suburban Milwaukee H.O.G (Harley Owners Group) Chapter and Suburban Motors Harley Davidson® in Thiensville will host the 7th annual Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, June 13, to benefit the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Cardiovascular Center.

Froedtert & MCW cancer team launches blog to support cancer patients

June 3 - The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin cancer team launched a brand new endeavor on froedtert.com – a blog designed to support and give a voice to cancer patients, their family members and friends.

Laser-activated cancer-fighting drug trial at MCW

June 2 - A laser-activated photosensitive dye is being tested as a new treatment for aggressive brain and spinal cord tumors. The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has begun a Phase II trial of Photofrin and photodynamic therapy in adult patients at Froedtert Hospital, a protocol funded by Concordia Healthcare.

WBCS, Inc. to fund three breast cancer researchers

May 29 - Three researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have each received a two-year, $100,000 grant from WBCS, Inc. (Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse) to study cancer risks and potential new therapies.

Designers turn amazing 2015 Showhouse for a Cure into something even more special

May 28 - Twenty-two Milwaukee design firms have transformed the 2015 WBCS Showhouse for a Cure, a beautiful home with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, and we wanted to share some highlights of those spaces. Spaces and designers were highlighted May 21 and May 14 as well.

MCW researcher to study gene therapies for hemophilia

May 26 - A researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.5 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to continue her study of blood platelet gene therapies for hemophilia A, a genetic bleeding disorder.

Sam Memorial Golf Outing to benefit MCW pediatric cancer research

May 26 - The 14th annual Sam Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, at Kettle Hills Golf Course, 3375 WI-167, in Richfield.

WBCS Walk/Run on June 6 to benefit MCW breast cancer and prostate cancer research

May 22 - Hope Springs Eternal: WBCS Racing for Research at MCW is a 5K run and 2K walk scheduled for Saturday, June 6, in Milwaukee’s beautiful Lake Park. All proceeds from the event, now in its fourth year, go to WBCS, Inc., which supports breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

A sneak-peek of more 2015 Showhouse for a Cure designed spaces

May 21 - Twenty-two Milwaukee design firms have transformed the 2015 WBCS Showhouse for a Cure, a beautiful home with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, and over the next two weeks, we will highlight some of the spaces they designed.

Aaron Rodgers Donates $50,000 in Winnings from TV’s Jeopardy

May 21 - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers designated the MACC Fund as the recipient of the $50,000 he won on the TV show “Jeopardy.” Fox 6 Now

Journal Sentinel Provides Photo Tour of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse

May 21 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides a photo tour of the Shorewood home selected for the 2015 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse. Proceeds from the event support breast and prostate cancer research at the MCW Cancer Center. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Mackinnon Discusses Skin Cancer Dangers for Young Women

May 21 - Dr. Jennifer Mackinnon discusses skin cancer dangers for young women in an interview with NBC-TV/Channel 4. Skin cancer is the leading cause of death for women in their 20’s. TMJ4

300 People Attend Green, Gold & Pink Event Promoting Breast Cancer Screening

May 21 - More than 300 people attended Froedtert & MCW’s Green, Gold & Pink event at Brookfield Square to promote breast cancer screening. Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby and his wife Molly were keynote speakers at the event, co-sponsored by Fox-TV/Channel 6. Brookfield Now

Cancer Center Names Drs. Rui and Nevalainen to Leadership Positions

May 19 - The MCW named Dr. Hallgeir Rui as Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Professor of Breast Cancer Research and the MCW Cancer Center’s Associate Director of Basic Research. He comes to MCW from Thomas Jefferson University where he was Vice Chair of Cancer Biology and Scientific Director of the Jefferson Breast Care Center at the Kimmel Cancer Center. Wauwatosa Now

A sneak-peek of some of the 2015 Showhouse for a Cure designed spaces

May 14 - Twenty-two Milwaukee design firms have transformed the 2015 WBCS Showhouse for a Cure, a beautiful home with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, and over the next three weeks, we will highlight some of the spaces they designed.

MCW Cancer Center recruits key research faculty members

May 14 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has recruited two key research faculty members to the MCW Cancer Center.

Dr. Kelly Discusses Importance of Early Breast Cancer Detection

May 13 - In an interview with Fox-TV/Channel 6, Dr. Tracy Kelly (Radiation Oncology) discussed the importance of early breast cancer detection. Channel 6 is partnering with Froedtert & MCW to support Buddy Check 6, a public service initiative to remind women to perform breast self-examinations on the 6th of every month. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Flister Receives $1.75 Million NCI Grant to Study Factors that Impact Breast Cancer Risk

May 13 - Michael Flister, PhD, (Physiology) received a five-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to identify factors in the microenvironment of tumors that impact breast cancer risk. The goal of this project is to develop a new genetic model to assess breast cancer risk in the tumor microenvironment. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Silent & live auctions at Bead&Button Show to benefit MCW Breast Cancer Research

May 12 - The Bead&Button Show, the country’s largest consumer bead show, will take place June 5 – 7 at the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., in Milwaukee. The show will feature the Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer silent and live auctions of beads, jewelry, books, and supplies, with 100 percent of the funds raised donated to breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Laura’s Smile Mile Run/Walk on June 6 to benefit MCW ovarian cancer research

May 11 - Laura’s Smile Mile, a 5K run and two-mile walk to benefit ovarian cancer research, will take place Saturday, June 6, at Veteran’s Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. In addition to the run and walk, the morning includes a variety of fun activities for the entire family. It is sponsored by Laura’s Smile Foundation, which was founded in 2006 to honor Laura David, a vibrant young woman who lost her life to ovarian cancer at age 30.

Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride on June 13 to benefit College’s Cardiovascular Center

May 8 - The Suburban Milwaukee H.O.G (Harley Owners Group) Chapter and Suburban Motors Harley Davidson® in Thiensville are hosting the Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, June 13, to benefit the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Center.

Buddy Check 6 Public Service Campaign Promotes Breast Self Examination

May 7 - Froedtert & MCW is teaming with Fox TV/Channel 6 to support Buddy Check 6, a public service initiative to remind women to perform breast self-examinations on the 6th of every month. Fox 6 Now and Fox 6 Now

Enjoy stunning architecture and inspirational design in the 2015 WBCS, Inc. Showhouse for a Cure

May 7 - Twenty-two Milwaukee design firms have transformed the 2015 WBCS Showhouse for a Cure, a magnificent Tuscan-inspired house with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, designed by the acclaimed Richard Sherer of Deep-River Architects, LTD in 2004.

Genetic mapping for breast cancer risk

May 6 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $1.75 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to identify factors in the microenvironment of tumors that impact breast cancer risk.

Dr. Williams Receives $1.75 NCI Grant to Repurpose Medications to Fight Breast Cancer

May 6 - Carol Williams, PhD, (Pharmacology & Toxicology) received a five-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study a new approach at limiting the spread of breast cancer. Dr. Williams will repurpose existing medications that target a family of molecules suspected in the spread of breast cancer. The medications are not currently used to treat cancers. Health Canal

Cancer Network Teams with Packer’s Star for Breast Cancer Screening Awareness

Apr. 30 - In recognition of Mother’s Day, the Froedtert & MCW Cancer Network will team with Green Bay Packer’s kicker Mason Crosby and his wife, Molly, to increase awareness of breast cancer screening. The event will occur on Saturday, May 2, at Brookfield Square. Wauwatosa Now

A new use for older drugs to target the spread of breast cancer

Apr. 30 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to study a new approach at limiting the spread of breast cancer.

Dr. Willoughby Says Doctors are Doing Bad Job of Promoting HPV Vaccinations

Apr. 29 - Dr. Rodney Willoughby (Pediatrics – Infectious Diseases) tells the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that family practitioners and pediatricians are doing a poor job of promoting the importance of HPV vaccinations. Research has shown that most parents would immunize their children if their physician recommended the HPV vaccine. JAMA Network

Study to evaluate breast cancer care across the state

Apr. 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is launching a study that will provide more insight into breast cancer care across the state.

Packers Players Visit Patients in Hematology/Oncology/Transplant Unit

Apr. 22 - Green Bay Packers players visited patients in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Hematology/Oncology/Transplant unit as part of this year’s Packer’s Tailgate Tour. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Blog Packers.com

18th Annual Showhouse for a Cure Supports MCW Breast and Prostate Cancer Research

Apr. 21 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a home in Shorewood will be redesigned by area decorators in June for the 18th Annual Showhouse for a Cure -2015 Breast Cancer Showhouse. Proceeds from the event support breast and prostate cancer research at MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Adults Surviving Pediatric Cancers May Later Die from Effects of Treatments

Apr. 21 - Mary Jo Kupst, PhD, (Professor Emeritus -Pediatrics ) tells Oncology Times that while children with cancer are living longer, some are still dying of pediatric cancers later in life. There may be an underestimate of the number of childhood cancer survivors who die years later from the effects of cancer treatments. Oncology Times

Dr. Willoughby Calls HPV Immunization an Anti-Cancer Vaccine

Apr. 21 - Dr. Rodney Willoughby (Pediatrics – Infectious Disease) tells MedPage Today that HPV immunization is essentially an anti-cancer vaccine. MedPage Today

Symposium on Metastatic Colon Cancer planned for May 1

Apr. 21 - A Symposium on Metastatic Colon Cancer is planned for Friday, May 1, from 7:45 am to 2:30 pm at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Dr. Evans Named One of World’s Top Doctors Treating Pancreatic Cancer

Apr. 20 - Expertscape named Dr. Douglas Evans (Surgery – Surgical Oncology) as the world’s fourth highest ranked doctor for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. PRLOG

Dr. Walker Contributes to TV Report on Sisters Surviving Breast Cancer

Apr. 17 - Dr. Alonzo Walker (Surgery – Surgical Oncology; Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Diversity) provides expert comment for an ABC-TV/Channel 12 report on two sisters who were diagnosed 20 years apart with breast cancer. WISN

Bowling with Grapatin event on April 25 to benefit cancer research

Apr. 17 - A fun afternoon of bowling, raffles and camaraderie is planned for Saturday, April 25, at Riviera Lanes, 8600 W. Greenfield Ave., in West Allis.

Dr. Massey Discusses Increased Incidence of Oral, Head and Neck Cancers

Apr. 17 - In an interview on WTMJ-AM, Dr. Becky Massey (Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences) said that the number of people diagnosed with oral, head and neck cancers is increasing, especially among young people. Froedtert & MCW will offer free head and neck cancer screenings on April 15 at the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center. People who are recommended for a screening are those who have known risk factors for these cancers or who have any unexplained changes such as a lump in the tongue, neck or lip, or changes in swallowing, speech or breathing. WTMJ and Biz Times

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Research and Advocacy Boot Camp Slated for May 30

Apr. 14 - MCW will host the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Research and Advocacy Boot Camp on Saturday, May 30. The training program explains the science of breast cancer and is aimed at survivors, educators, students, the media, and the general public. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin, and the Froedtert & MCW Cancer Center. Waukesha Now

Dr. Margolis Discusses MACC Fund Center’s Improved Patient Care Capabilities

Apr. 14 - Dr. David Margolis (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) discusses the improved patient care capabilities of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s new MACC Fund Center in interviews with CBS-TV/Channel 58, and NBC-TV/Channel 4. CBS 58 and 620WTMJ

Sisters who survive breast cancer featured in TV news story

Apr. 13 - Dr. Alonzo Walker (Surgery – Surgical Oncology; Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Diversity) provides expert comment for an ABC-TV/Channel 12 report on two sisters who were diagnosed 20 years apart with breast cancer. WISN

Wine Pairing Dinner for Cancer Research at Capital Grille to benefit MCW

Apr. 13 - The Peter K. Antaramian Wine Pairing Dinner for Cancer Research will be held Sunday, April 26, at the Capital Grille in Milwaukee.

Molly Brickler competing for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year honors

Apr. 9 - Molly Brickler, a pediatric cancer nurse practitioner specializing in leukemia at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, is “competing” for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Woman of the Year honor. The LLS Man and Woman of the Year Campaign is about raising money to support blood cancer (leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma) research.

Dr. David Bolender named Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists

Apr. 8 - David Bolender, PhD, associate professor of cell biology, neurology and anatomy, has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists. The rank of Fellow is designed to honor distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science and in their overall contributions to the anatomical sciences. Fellows are considered to be in the top 10% of all eligible members.

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin to provide free oral, head and neck cancer screening

Apr. 6 - Head and neck cancer awareness week is April 12 - 18. To increase awareness, please encourage your patients to attend our free oral, head and neck cancer screening on April 15, from 4-6 p.m. in the Froedtert Hospital Clinical Cancer Center Mezzanine.

Pablove Foundation Supports Pediatric Cancer Research Conducted by Dr. Thakar

Apr. 1 - A feature article on the Pablove Foundation in OnMilwaukee.com notes that the foundation supports pediatric cancer research conducted by Dr. Monica Thakar. On Milwaukee

Dr. Sailaja Kamaraju selected for 2015 Champion in Women’s Health Award

Mar. 30 - Sailaja Kamaraju, MD, assistant professor of medicine (hematology and oncology), has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Champion in Women’s Health Award by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation.

Breast cancer boot camp to be held May 30; deadline to register is April 15

Mar. 27 - A free Breast Cancer Boot Camp will be held Saturday, May 30, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Medical College of Wisconsin for anyone interested in learning the science of breast cancer on an introductory level. The deadline to apply is April 15.

An opportunity to support cancer research at MCW

Mar. 26 - With tax preparation season upon us, Wisconsinites filing state income tax returns have an easy way to support cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Polar Bear Plunge Honoring Former Froedtert Employee Supports Cancer Research

Mar. 24 - Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research, honoring the memory of Froedtert Hospital employee Ellen Smith, who died of gastric cancer, was held on Saturday, March 14. The polar bear plunge in Nagawicka Lake in Hartland supports cancer research at MCW. Biz Times

Wearable Art Show in Cedarburg to benefit MCW breast cancer research

Mar. 12 - The annual Wearable Art Show Weekend, organized by the Cedarburg Junior Woman's Club, will be held March 27 and 28 at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Proceeds benefit breast cancer education, prevention, research and treatment. To date, this organization has donated $23,500 for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

2015 Science Café Series to Focus on Health Disparities in Overall Health Outcomes

Mar. 11 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) announced programs for its 2015 Science Café series. Dr. Syed Ahmed (Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement) said that the theme of the 2015 series is “Focus on Health Disparities in Overall Health Outcomes.” On May 12, Melinda Stolley, PhD, (Cancer Center) will discuss programs being developed to help underserved cancer survivor populations make important lifestyle changes. Wauwatosa Now

Former DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson visits MCW Pancreatic Cancer Program

Mar. 11 - In conjunction with the Midwest Council Transportation Summit on Friday, March 6, MCW hosted a visit from Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, former Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and current Co-Chair of the Midwest Council.

MCW plays key role in federal approval of new CPR devices

Mar. 9 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the ResQCPR System, a system of two devices for first responders to use while performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on people whose hearts stop beating (cardiac arrest). The devices may improve the patient’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest.

Dr. Margolis Offers Counsel to Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Recipients

Mar. 9 - Dr. David Margolis who was recently inducted into the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, provides counsel to the 2015 40 Under 40 recipients. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Riese Discusses Use of Immunotherapy to Treat Cancer

Mar. 9 - In an interview aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Matthew Riese (Medicine – Hematology/Oncology) discussed the growing use of immunotherapy to treat cancer. WPR

Dr. Chitambar Advises Breast Cancer Patients to Exercise

Mar. 5 - Dr. Christopher Chitambar (Medicine – Hematology/Oncology) tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he advises breast cancer patients to engage in regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight, and minimize alcohol consumption. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Connelly Discusses UW-Madison Student’s Recovery from Brain Cancer

Mar. 4 - Dr. Jennifer Connelly (Neurology) discusses the case of a UW-Madison student who was successfully treated for brain cancer at Froedtert & MCW. WTMJ 620

Ellen’s Icebreaker Polar Plunge to benefit cancer research

Mar. 3 - Brave souls are invited to plunge in Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research, held in memory of Ellen Smith, a beloved Froedtert Hospital employee who lost her battle with gastric cancer in 2013 at the age of 59. The plunge into icy Nagawicka Lake in Hartland will take place on Saturday, March 14. Check-in for the event will begin at 10 a.m., with the plunge to follow afterwards.

Drs. See and Wang Discuss Value of Liquid Biopsies

Mar. 2 - Dr. William See (Urology) and Dr. Liang Wang (Pathology) provide expert comment to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on liquid biopsies. Dr. Wang has been researching two different methods of liquid biopsy, one using DNA circulating in the bloodstream, the other using RNA embedded in vesicles, tiny membranes released by cells. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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