The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation

Annual Program Book 2018-2019

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16 A Letter from Our Doctors Dear Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Board Members and Friends, On behalf of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and the Division of Hematology/Oncology, we thank the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation for its steadfast commitment to advance gastrointestinal cancer research. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for your continued support of the Eisenberg Research Scholar Awards, the Harold E. Eisenberg Gastrointestinal Cancer Tissue Bank, the Oncology Research Nurse Coordinator, as well as your generous commitment last year to establish the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation GI Cancer OncoSET Program at the Lurie Cancer Center. We are working to greatly expand the integration of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation GI Cancer OncoSET Program, tissue bank, and research initiatives that will ultimately improve patient care. This effort spans across groups, including the Department of Surgery, the Department of Pathology, and the Division of Hematology/Oncology. The GI OncoSET Program will open new doors and advance the development of personalized cancer treatment options for patients fighting gastrointestinal cancers. The following report highlights how your impactful philanthropic funds have been used over the last year. Through important support, such as the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Scholar Award, we can provide scientists like Ronen Sumagin, PhD, assistant professor of Pathology, with resources and the protected time needed to ask novel research questions and to explore new ideas aimed at discovering cures for gastrointestinal cancers. Science takes time, and as each Eisenberg Research Scholar continues to advance their work beyond their funding year, your return on your investment will grow exponentially. The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation has been an invaluable partner in helping us to propel our GI oncology program and our efforts to provide patients with personalized medicine. As always, we remain grateful for all that you do for the Lurie Cancer Center to raise awareness and funds to advance life-saving cancer medicine. We look forward to continuing to update you on our exciting progress over the years ahead. Sincerely, Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCO Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Medicine Professor of Oncology Associate Director, Cooperative Groups, Director, Lurie Cancer Center Lurie Cancer Center Philanthropy In Action Gastrointestinal Cancer Research

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