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2016

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10 About Our Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Research Established in 1999, the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation honors the memory of Harold Eisenberg by fighting gastrointestinal cancer (the disease that took his life) and carrying on his legacy as a leader and educator with real estate education programs. Philanthropy In Action Gastrointestinal Cancer Research GI Cancer: By the Numbers Your gift helps our donors give the real gift > > > Collecting Collecting tissue tissue samples samples allows oncologists to examine the genes or biological pathways of each patient's individual tissue, helping identify if and what drugs are required to treat the patient. bringing bringing us us closer closer to to personalized medicine offering truly customizable treatment solutions for patients, ultimately ultimately promising promising to to improve patient care and outcomes for colon cancer patients. Banking tissu Banking tissue samples equips samples equips current and future researchers with the specimens necessary to engage in scien- tific studies that explore ways to develop better drugs, Your donation aids the GI Oncology Program in identifying and consenting patients to retrieve tissue during colorectal tumor resection. Who We Are The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for GI cancers through cutting- edge research aimed at saving lives. What We Do HEEF funds GI cancer research in partnership with the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The cornerstone of our current efforts is the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation's Gastrointestinal Cancer Tissue Bank, one of the only of its kind in the Midwest. The bank, established in 2008, stores over 20,000 tissue samples from patients diagnosed with colorectal malignancies, and is at the forefront of cancer medicine. Why it's Important > GI cancers are a major health concern for people in the United States and across the globe. Despite this, they are often the least publicly discussed, resulting in fewer funds being directed toward gastrointestinal cancer research that is critical to saving lives. > The Lurie Cancer Center —one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Illinois and one of 41 in the nation—is committed to being a national leader in the battle to overcome cancer. > Tissue banks are the future of cancer medicine. They are key to personalized medicine, allowing researchers to study what characterizes cancer tissues so that they can improve their capacity to prevent, detect and treat current and future patients. The progress made possible through the bank is making important contributions to the local academic research community, as well as to global efforts to improve cancer treatments. $1,200,000

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