The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation

2017

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13 Philan T hro P y i n a CT ion Gastrointestinal Cancer Research 13 The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, led by Director Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD and Associate Director Al Benson III, MD, FACP FASCO. Since 2001, we have committed over $3 million to advancing GI cancer research and patient care. Driving Impact - Working Together with Northwestern Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation GI Cancer OncoSET Program OncoSET is an unprecedented initiative to deliver personalized, e� ective cancer treatments to patients who currently have very limited options. We recently committed $1.5 Million to fund the GI Cancer OncoSET program which will advance medical discoveries in a significant way. GI Cancer Tissue Bank The Harold E. Eisenberg GI Cancer Tissue Bank — the �rst of its kind in the Midwest — is at the forefront of cancer medicine. Samples allow researchers to study what characterizes cancer tissue to improve prevention, detection and treatment. The bank stores over 20,000 samples and grows each month. Research Scholar The Foundation awarded its second Research Scholar, Ronen Sumagin, PhD, in the summer of 2017. This prestigious award gives scientists like Dr. Sumagin the necessary resources and time needed to ask novel research questions and explore new ideas related to GI cancers. Clinical Trials The Foundation continues to invest in professionals like Victoria Maurer, the program's clinical research nurse, who plays a vital role in the tissue bank's activities. Nurse Maurer coordinates all ongoing clinical trials, identifies participants for studies and works with patients and their families during testing and follow-up care. Patient Care We continue to improve patient care offerings by supporting clinical trial efforts and annual events like Conversations about Colorectal Cancer, which helps colorectal cancer patients and their families network and learn about new treatments, clinical trials and survivorship. GIFTS HELPS PATIENTS GIVE THE REAL GIFT Donations from generous supporters like you allow the Lurie Cancer Center to collect, store and research cancer tissue samples. Each dollar brings us closer to personalized medicine and life-saving treatments.

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