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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.

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

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

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