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(Right to left) Dr. Frank Berger and Kimberly Wright meet with Walker Truluck, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Tom Rice.

On March 14 and 15, CCCR Director Dr. Frank Berger attended the "Call-on-Congress" up in Washington DC, with gastroenterologist Dr. March Seabrook and WIS-TV anchor Dawndy Mercer Plank.  This event was sponsored by Fight Colorectal Cancer, a national advocacy organization dedicated to reducing the toll of colorectal cancer across the United States.  The main focus of the "Call-on-Congress" was on meeting Congressional legislators to get them behind colorectal cancer research and prevention.  This involved educating them about the disease, about basic research on it, and about preventive screening to reduce its occurrence.  It was a busy couple of days!  Stimulating much of the discussion was the National Cancer Institute's recent report that the incidence of colorectal cancer is increasing in young adults.  Strategies to address this issue are needed.

 

 

 

Sorensen Endowment recipients group photo
(Left to right: John MacArthur, Pearman deTreville Parker Hayne, Heather Mentrup, Donna Sorensen, Jiali Zheng, and Minghui Li)

 

Donna Sorensen, former USC First Lady, paid a special visit to the University to greet the first recipients of the Donna and Andrew Sorensen Endowment for Health Sciences Fund.  The Sorensen Endowment was a gift to the CCCR to support, as well as attract, outstanding graduate students conducting cancer research leading to a PhD degree.  This year’s recipients are Taryn Cranford from the School of Medicine, Heather Mentrup from the College of Arts and Sciences, Minghui “Sam” Li from the College of Pharmacy, Pearman deTreville Parker Hayne from the College of Nursing, John MacArthur from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Jiali Zheng from the Arnold School of Public Health.

Mrs. Sorensen met the Endowment recipients at a luncheon hosted by President Harris Pastides and First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides at the President’s House.  There, she shared her thoughts on the importance of their research and encouraged the students to “pay it forward” and use the research supported by this award to improve society.  Afterwards, each of the students offered a few comments about their research. 

Wright Molina Award 2016

(left to right)Irene Wright, Kendra McBride-DeWitt,
David Wright, Gailya Walter, Frank Berger

David Wright, a colon cancer survivor and CCCR advocate, was awarded the Molina Healthcare Community Champion Award for his advocacy and promotion of colorectal cancer screening in underserved communities.  David was given the award at Molina's annual dinner and awards program on November 9 in Charleston, SC. 

The annual Community Champion Awards was established to honor the memory of Molina Healthcare's founder, Dr. David Molina.  This year's event honored 6 individuals from across the state for their selflessness, extraordinary service, and contribution to their community, especially those in need.  In addition to the award, each person was awarded a $1,000 grant so that he or she can “pay it forward” to their designated community organization.