News in Cancer Care and Research
$11.5 million pancreatic cancer grant awarded to UAB Cancer 
Center and U of M Masonic Cancer Center

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, in 
collaboration with the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, has won 
an $11.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to explore groundbreaking 
pancreatic cancer research, prevention and treatment.  Click here to read more.

Selwyn Vickers, M.D.
SPORE co-leader
Maxine and Winston
New name for Medical Biosciences Building honors 
longtime U supporters

In recognition of a lifetime of support, the University of Minnesota in June 
named the newest building in its Biomedical Discovery District the Winston 
and Maxine Wallin Medical Biosciences Building.  Click here to read more.

Cancer Benefit Fund donates $36K for Cancer Center Research
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In Sympathy...
The Board of Directors, committee chairs, and many volunteers of The Cancer Benefit Fund extend their sympathies to the family and friends of Win Wallin, who passed away December 20 following a short but valiant struggle with cancer. Win Wallin was a true friend and ardent supporter of The Cancer Benefit Fund. He is recognized as a generous and caring man who gave back to his various communities including Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, the Wallin Scholars, and the Wallin Foundation. He and his wife Maxine not only ensured the success of The Cancer Benefit Fund through their financial contributions, but also through their involvement and attention to our efforts to support cancer research and care. We will miss Win’s attendance at our fundraising events, but most of all, we will miss Win Wallin’s consistent example of what life is really all about: to maximize others as well as oneself, to lead others by example and with goodwill and humor, to share with others all that will make the world a better place. To read more about Win Wallin, click here.

U of M cancer researchers discover 32 new genes to colorectal 
and liver cancers
Scientists at the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center and Medical School report remarkable laboratory findings—17 new genes that could cause colorectal cancer and 15 new genes linked to liver cancer—using the Sleeping Beauty method. The findings help pave the way for development of individualized, genetically based treatments for patients with these cancers.  Click here to read more.
U of M study shows eating burned meat increases risk of pancreatic cancer 
People who regularly eat very well-done red meat that is burned or charred may increase their risk of pancreatic cancer by almost 60 percent, according to a study by a University of Minnesota cancer researcher.  Click here to read more.
The Cancer Benefit Fund Donates $66,500 
to Cancer Research and Care

In June 2011, The Cancer Benefit Fund of Minnesota invited donors to our recent fundraising campaign to join us in the presentation of funds to Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota and HealthEast Cancer Care.

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota was given a contribution of $50,000 to support the work of Dr. Selwyn Vickers in areas of stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, liver, pancreas and other digestive organs. 

HealthEast Cancer Care was given a contribution of $16,500 to establish a GI Cancer Support Group for people living with a GI cancer.

Our contributions were dedicated in tribute to Winston R. Wallin and in honor of the Wallins' long-time support of The Cancer Benefit Fund. In 2010, Win was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma and battled the very disease that the Wallins generously donated their time and dollars to cure. Sadly, Win lost his battle with cancer in December 2010. Over the past several years, the Wallins have been the premier sponsor of the Cancer Benefit Fund, and with the help of generous contributions, The Cancer Benefit Fund was proud to honor Win and Maxine with our support and contributions.

The presentation and celebration included remarks from Dr. Douglas Yee, Director, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota; Dr. Selwyn Vickers, Associate Director, Translational Research, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota; Chris Lemme, Director of Oncology Services, HealthEast Cancer Care; and Maxine H. Wallin.

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$10,000 donation to help cancer survivors 

St. Paul, MN – Aug. 24, 2015 – Cancer survivors face a myriad of challenges from both their cancer and their treatments. The Cancer Benefit Fund in St. Paul just donated $10,000 for a new HealthEast Cancer Survivorship program that will help cancer survivors and their families transition from their cancer and treatment to long-term optimal health. 

This new cancer survivorship program, which starts on September 1, 2015, will care for as many as two hundred local breast and colorectal cancer survivors who were treated at HealthEast in the past two years. “Thank you for your wonderful contribution in support of the HealthEast Cancer Survivorship Program,” said John Poulson, HealthEast Foundation. “This first gift will help HealthEast Cancer Care begin constructing the Survivorship Care Plan for each of our patients.”

The Cancer Benefit Fund is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers, which has raised nearly $900,000 to support cancer care and research in Minnesota. “With your help, we can continue our fight against cancer and continue to help provide cancer care to local patients and their families,” said Deb Tomczyk, Board Chair Cancer Benefit Fund. 

The Cancer Benefit Fund’s $10,000 donation will help fund the development and implementation of this new evidence-based cancer survivorship program. It’s designed to help breast and colorectal cancer survivors live beyond cancer and long-term survivorship. 

Contact HealthEast Cancer Care for more information about the survivorship program:

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