Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
Welcome from the Gala Chair, Linda Wojtowicz
I am thrilled to have the honor of serving as chair for this event. I believe in the power of this organization and its mission and vision. We have all been touched by this disease, without exception, and this is our opportunity to provide a significant and lasting impact, through our commitment to making this event a success.
My professional background includes that of a nurse. Actually, I was an oncology nurse, with a specialty in bone marrow transplant. All those years ago, serving in this capacity, I was drawn close to the challenge at hand. I was able to develop a very intimate and unique relationship with my patients, many of whom did not survive.
I am in awe of how much has changed in the many years since I last served as a nurse at the bedside, administering therapies and hope. I reflect on how many of those folks would have survived if they were diagnosed now, in 2014, instead of the late 1980′s. And then I think of how much has changed, changed because of efforts to support research, therapies and programs that benefit those individuals with cancer. These are the very initiatives that our Gala volunteers and I are here to drive forward.
We have the answer in our hands, in our minds and in our hearts. And now we are going to put all of our efforts together to drive a mission that is so real and so meaningful and so saturated with hope and science and promise. We will come together to drive that future with your support.
Memories from last year:
Did you know….
Currently the Society has over $5.5 million invested in multi-year research grants at the University of Arizona;
The Society’s Road to Recovery Program provides rides to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves; their Lodging Program helps people with cancer and their families secure free or discounted lodging when they need to travel a distance for their treatment; their Patient Navigator Program offers support with day-to-day concerns to help patients stay on track with their treatment and care; their Cancer Resource Centers are places where you can get answers to many of your questions about cancer; their Look Good Feel Better is a free program that teaches people who are in active cancer treatment ways to help them with appearance-related side effects; their Reach To Recovery Program lets you talk one-on-one with a trained volunteer about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment;
Each day 400 people who would have been lost to cancer are now celebrating more birthdays, thanks in part to the progress the Society has been making against the disease since the early 1990s.