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11 A Letter from Our Doctors Dear Friends of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, For more than 15 years, The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation has been a loyal and generous supporter of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. We commend and thank the Foundation and its many generous supporters who have contributed more than $1 million cumulatively to advance research and discoveries in gastrointestinal cancer research at Northwestern. Tissue banks like the Harold E. Eisenberg Gastrointestinal Cancer Tissue Bank are at the forefront of cancer medicine and help to equip the Lurie Cancer Center as it works towards a future that includes enhanced genomic profiling offerings and personalized medicine. The Eisenberg Gastrointestinal Cancer Tissue Bank at Northwestern currently stores more than 20,000 tissue samples from patients diagnosed with colorectal malignancies. The Foundation has long provided crucial support for the team's clinical research nurse, who plays an important role in the tissue bank's activities. Victoria Mauer currently serves in this role and is responsible for coordinating all ongoing clinical trials throughout the program, identifying potential patients for studies, reviewing details of the study with the respective patient and his or her family members, and coordinating required testing and patient follow-up care. The continuation of activities associated with the tissue bank, together with the Foundation's recent investment in the Harold E. Eisenberg Research Scholar Award, will bring our investigations to new heights. The Scholar Award provides vital funds to support promising basic, translational, or health services research. We are pleased to report that Guang-Yu Yang, MD, PhD, was recently named the first Harold E. Eisenberg Research Scholar. We are proud of our partnership with the Eisenberg Foundation and excited to grow together into the future. On behalf of all of us at Northwestern, we thank The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation for its philanthropy to help increase our knowledge of gastrointestinal cancers so that we may find better ways to diagnose, prevent, and treat these cancers. Sincerely, Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCO Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology Associate Director, Cooperative Groups Director, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Philanthropy In Action Gastrointestinal Cancer Research

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