Everyone knows someone touched by cancer. For me, it was my mother.

 

Dear Mary,

A mother’s influence is beyond measure.

As a child, I wanted my mother to be proud of me. She often encouraged my sister and me to be creative and think critically. And like most mothers, she had very high expectations for us.

When I was in my early 30s, she was diagnosed first with breast cancer and then high-grade uterine cancer. A medical fellow at the time, I took on the difficult task of advising her about her care and prognosis. In the end, you cannot imagine how heart-wrenchingly frustrating it was to watch her die of cancer – despite all of my training and knowledge.

Everyone knows someone touched by cancer.

   
 
Everyone knows someone touched by cancer. For me, it was my mother.

 






 


Fortunately, cancer treatment options have come a long way since my mother’s death. Today, at the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, we combine world-class patient care with innovative research to diagnose, prevent and treat cancer in all of its forms. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Orange County, we are uniquely positioned to be a leader in the fight against cancer  but we need your support.

On this Mother’s Day, I am reminded why my life’s work to advance cancer research is so crucial. I hope you will consider joining me in support of UCI’s first-ever Anti-Cancer Challenge by either making a donation or registering to ride, walk or run on June 11. 100% of event proceeds will go directly to promising cancer research.

Thank you for helping UCI advance the next generation of cancer treatments. This is where the end of cancer begins.

Sincerely,

  Richard A. Van Etten, M.D., Ph.D.
  Director, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

   University of California, Irvine
 

 

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