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

Oct. 3 - On Saturday, Sept. 24, a team from MCW participated in the 22nd 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.

Get Your Rear in Gear® Run/Walk on Oct. 8 to benefit colon cancer

Sept. 29 - The Get Your Rear in Gear® 5K Run, 2 Mile Walk and Kids' Fun Run for colon cancer will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Wauwatosa.

Dr. Teresa Patitucci broadens her anatomy skills through prestigious Anatomy Training Program

Sept. 16 - Teresa Patitucci, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy at MCW-Central Wisconsin, can now add “Oxford scholar” to her CV, kind of. Dr. Patitucci spent this past year broadening her perspective on how anatomy is taught at different institutions as a part of the Anatomy Training Program, including an intensive weeklong training at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Strikes for Sue bowling event on Oct. 16 to honor Sue Ristow, benefit MCW Cancer Center

Sept. 19 - “Strikes for Sue,” a new bowling fundraiser organized by friends and colleagues of Sue Ristow Zewiske, a beloved and long-time MCW employee who lost her battle with cancer in 2014, will take place Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Root River Center in Franklin.

Join Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd on Bradley Center court to ‘Shoot Down Cancer’

Sept. 15 - The Milwaukee Bucks and their community partners at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network are teaming up with the American Cancer Society to host a one-of-a-kind fundraising experience at the team’s inaugural “Shoot Down Cancer” event. Bucks fans of all ages are invited to join Head Coach Jason Kidd on the BMO Harris Bradley Center court on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1-4 p.m. and show off their shooting skills while raising funds to support cancer research.

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

Sept. 13 - Chasing Chad is hosting its third annual Casino Night Gala on Friday, Sept. 30, to benefit brain tumor research at MCW. This fund raiser will feature casino games, music, a silent auction and raffle, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, and a special signature cocktail. Doors to the event, which will be held at SURG on Water in Milwaukee, will open at 6:30 p.m. Casino games will begin at 7 p.m. Cocktail attire is suggested.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day planned for Sept. 26

Sept. 12 - On Monday, Sept. 26, the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Regional Cancer Therapy Program is hosting a Mesothelioma Awareness Day event from 8 -11 a.m. in the Clinical Cancer Center Mezzanine – Level One

Bone Marrow Transplant Physician Gives Bella Hope for the Future

Sept. 9 - Nine-year-old Isabella (Bella) Rodriguez, once a vivacious and active older sister to Sophia and Lynae, was lethargic, weak and losing weight in the summer and fall of 2014. She was bruising easily and her body was covered in a rash of small pinpoint red marks, called petechiae.

Tickets to Brewers “Give Back Game” on Sept. 25 to benefit MACC Fund

Sept. 9 - Proceeds from tickets purchased for the Milwaukee Brewers Give Back Game on Sunday, Sept. 25, will be distributed to four charities in the Milwaukee area, including the MACC Fund, MCW’s largest donor. Tickets to the game can be obtained for a donation to one of the charities, and the more donations given in honor of the MACC Fund, the more proceeds the MACC Fund will receive. They even have a chance to win a $50,000 bonus from the Brewers if they generate the most donations.

Ridin’ to a Cure Motorcycle Rally to take place Sept. 23 & 24

Sept. 7 - Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter will hold the 22nd annual “Ridin’ to a Cure” on Sept. 23 and 24 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.

Cancer survivors to show their style at WBCS ‘Pinktacular’ luncheon Oct. 6

Sept. 6 - Men and women who have survived a breast cancer or prostate cancer diagnosis will be the models at the annual Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse “Pinktacular” Luncheon and Fashion Show on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Italian Community Center.

Connor's Run 2016 on Sept. 11 to benefit MCW brain cancer research

Sept. 6 - Connor's Run 2016 - Wauwatosa Shadow Run, a 5K fun run/walk through Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa, will take place Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is sponsored by Robert Connor Dawes Foundation, which was founded in in memory of Robert Connor Dawes, who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2013 at age 18. Proceeds from the event will support brain cancer research at MCW.

Reserve your spot! Women in Science presentation on Sept. 20 to feature Dr. Carol Williams

Aug. 29 - The 10th annual Women in Science Series will host its next presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and feature Carol Williams, PhD who will speak on Breast Cancer: Updates on Research Efforts to Develop New Treatments. The event includes a luncheon at the Wisconsin Club from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register today!

Children’s nurse practitioner assumes leadership role in a national nursing association

Aug. 16 - Susan Burke, MA, RN, CPNP, CPHON®, nurse practitioner in Pediatric Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been elected to serve as the president elect for the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON).

620 WTMJ invites Froedtert & MCW Cancer Network to team up for cancer awareness: Aug. 1-19

Aug. 12 - As part of a WTMJ Cares initiative spearheaded by 620 WTMJ radio host Jeff Wagner, Wagner will interview Froedtert & MCW cancer patients, doctors, nurses, researchers and others about their personal experiences and the latest on cancer treatment and research.

Paper highlights discovery of mechanism that causes post-transplant complications

Aug. 9 - Studies in the laboratory of Dr. William Drobyski, a physician scientist at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, have uncovered a novel mechanism that causes graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) within the GI tract. This work, published in the Aug. 8 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, reports the discovery of a novel immune cell population that induces inflammation in the colon.

Triumph Fund Dinner at Wisconsin Club to Benefit Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

Aug. 3 - The Triumph Fund is hosting a dinner, “Honoring the Lorax IV,” to support Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office on Sunday, August 14, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee.

Rock Cancer Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20 to benefit MCW cancer research

July 25 - The 8th Rock Cancer Music Festival, organized by the Spierings Cancer Foundation, will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, at Doyle Park in Little Chute. Proceeds from the event support cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Walk, run or fund the July 22 Relay for Life of Wauwatosa Event To Fight Cancer

July 11 - The American Cancer Society — a major funder of Medical College of Wisconsin research — will hold its Relay For Life of Wauwatosa on July 22. The Friday evening event will be held next to the regional medical complex at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The MCW Cancer Center team seeks participants and donors. Individuals may sign up or contribute on the Relay For Life MCW Team page.

MCW researcher looks to the eye to understand how the body ticks

July 6 - Joseph C. Besharse, PhD, recaps his pioneering research on the body’s ocular clocks and the effects they have on various eye diseases.

Don & Ruth Falevsky Golf Outing on July 16 to benefit MCW Cancer Research

June 22 - The 23rd annual Don & Ruth Falevsky Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, July 16, 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.

MCW Cancer Center to host Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot Summit on June 29

June 22 - On Wednesday, June 29, the MCW Cancer Center will host one of hundreds of Cancer Moonshot Summits on campus in the Discovery Classroom. In conjunction with the Cancer Moonshot Summit held in Washington, DC, the national summits will facilitate an informal, grassroots conversation within communities across the United States and will be the first time individuals and organizations representing the entire cancer community, including researchers, oncologists, care providers, philanthropists, advocates, patients and survivors, will assemble under the charge of doubling the rate of progress toward a cure.

MCW, Marquette play leadership roles in American Conference on Human Vibration

June 14 - The 6th American Conference on Human Vibration, which drew international experts on vibration disease, was held at the Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union June 8-10. The event was jointly hosted by the MCW Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and the Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin Biomedical Engineering Department.

J&B Hackerfest Golf Outing on July 9 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

June 9 - The 24th annual J&B Hackerfest Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, July 9, 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.

Chasing Chad Brewers game and tailgate on June 25 to benefit brain tumor research at MCW

June 8 - Chasing Chad is hosting its 7th annual “Bords Bash” Brewers baseball game and tailgate event on Saturday, June 25. This fundraiser includes a tailgate and admission to the Milwaukee Brewers/ Washington Nationals baseball game at Miller Park.

Walk to Break the Sickle Cycle on June 19 to benefit Froedtert Adult Sickle Cell Clinic

June 1 - Walk to Break the Sickle Cycle, a community event to raise awareness for Sickle Cell Disease and support those who battle it, will take place Sunday, June 19, starting at the Green Bay Avenue School, 3872 N. 8th Street, Milwaukee.

MCW researchers report potential mitochondrial drug therapy for pancreatic cancer

May 26 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, chairman and professor of biophysics and Harry R. & Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research; Michael B. Dwinell, PhD, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics; and their international research team published an article in Cancer Research that describes a new redox-sensitive, mitochondrial-energy-sensor-mediated pathway of regression of pancreatic cancer cell growth.

WBCS Raise a Glass to Hope Gala provides a premier showing of WBCS Showhouse for a Cure

May 19 - The Raise a Glass to Hope Gala, a fundraiser for the 2016 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, organized by WBCS, Inc., will be held Saturday, June 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at this year’s Showhouse, 3943 N. Sawyer Rd. in Oconomowoc.

Enjoy the historic beauty of the 2016 WBCS, Inc. Showhouse for a Cure

May 19 - The 2016 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse (WBCS) for a Cure is an exquisite 8,400 square-foot home located on the eastern shore of Oconomowoc Lake at 3943 N. Sawyer Road in Oconomowoc Lake, Wisconsin.

WBCS Walk/Run on June 4 to benefit MCW breast cancer and prostate cancer research

May 19 - Hope Springs Eternal: WBCS Race for Research at MCW is a 5K run and 2K walk scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 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.

Silent auction at Bead&Button Show to benefit MCW breast cancer research

May 19 - The Bead&Button Show, the country’s largest consumer bead show, takes place June 3– 13, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. The show will feature the Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer, a silent auction of beads, jewelry, books, and supplies, with 100% of the proceeds donated to breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Sam Memorial Golf Outing on June 25 to benefit pediatric cancer research at MCW

May 16 - The 15th annual Sam Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, at the Kettle Hills Golf Course, 3375 WI-167 in Richfield. This tournament is held in memory of Sam Beres, who lost his battle with leukemia in April 2000, at the age of six.

Last day to register: Team participants wanted for Froedtert & MCW Ann’s Hope Foundation 5k run/walk

Apr. 8 - Join our team for the Ann’s Hope Foundation 12th annual Block Melanoma 5k Run and 3K Walk on May 15. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network is a proud sponsor of the annual Block Melanoma run/walk.

Laura’s Smile Mile Run/Walk on June 4 to benefit MCW ovarian cancer research

May 3 - Laura’s Smile Mile, a 5K run and two-mile walk to benefit ovarian cancer research, will take place Saturday, June 4, 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.

MCW professor publishes Nature article on cause of neurological disorders

Apr. 7 - In a study reported in Nature Communications, MCW scientists along with researchers from the University of Connecticut, analyzed the underlying causes involved in neurological disorders. According to the published study, abnormalities in BRAG1, a protein important for influencing the proper communication between neurons, were found to cause neurological dysfunction.

Lucky Lanes to host 3rd annual bowling fundraiser for WBCS on April 23

Apr. 8 - The third annual Lucky Lanes Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse (WBCS) Bowling Fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 23, at Lucky Lanes, 5014 W. Howard Ave. in Milwaukee.

Wearable Art Show in Cedarburg to benefit MCW breast cancer research

Apr. 8 - The annual Wearable Art Show Weekend, organized by the Cedarburg Junior Woman's Club, will be held April 15 and 16 at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Proceeds benefit breast cancer education, prevention, research and treatment.

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.

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.