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The Woiner Foundation reaches milestone in supporting fight against melanoma, pancreatic cancer

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The Woiner Foundation reached a milestone in its support of the fight against melanoma and pancreatic cancer thanks to a successful fourth year of fundraising efforts.  In December 2016, the foundation awarded a total of $70,000 to two different groups to help fund important research and advance the level of patient care.  The foundation has awarded a total of $210,000 since it began its work in 2013.

The foundation awarded $35,000 to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) Melanoma and Skin Cancer program, directed by Dr. John Kirkwood, to support his melanoma research initiatives. Under Dr. Kirkwood’s direction, more than 20 faculty researchers are focused on melanoma and leading multiple local, national and international studies that are advancing new therapies for the treatment of melanoma, a cancer that kills more than 7,000 people in the United States each year.

“The support from The Woiner Foundation allows us to bring forward new investigators who are the future of melanoma research, prevention, and treatment,” said Dr. Kirkwood. “Our trainees are now running melanoma programs from Minnesota and New Hampshire to Indiana, North Carolina, Florida and many other places in the U.S. as well as in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.”

Dr. Kirkwood has received international acclaim for his research and he leads a number of highly promising clinical trials with cancer vaccines, using biological response modifiers, naturally produced substances, to spur the body’s own immune system into recognizing and destroying melanoma.

The foundation also awarded $35,000 to the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer to support the work of Dr. A. James Moser at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

“Thanks to the tireless effort and generosity of The Woiner Foundation, our team is successfully harvesting and growing 3D cultures of pancreatic tumors (organoids) removed from patients undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer,” said Dr. Moser.  “Organoids offer a rapid method for testing tumor responses to chemotherapy agents in the laboratory before patients are exposed to drugs which may be ineffective against their cancers.  Organoid technology is bringing Precision Medicine into clinical practice by allowing researchers to find new treatments for pancreatic cancer that can be used to personalize treatment options for patients.”

The Woiner Foundation raised the money through its fourth annual 3-2-1 Ride event, which was attended by more than 550 area cyclists and volunteers on Oct. 16, 2016 on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, and its second annual Tim & Rita Woiner Memorial Golf Outing, held in June 2016 at Rolling Fields Golf Club in Murrysville.

The Woiner Foundation partners to support melanoma tissue bank

The Woiner Foundation is proud to partner with AIM at Melanoma to bring a new fundraising event to Pittsburgh!  Please read the important message below from Dr. John Kirkwood.  We hope to see you on April 23rd.

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Our 1st Annual – AIM for the CURE Melanoma Walk & Fun Run in Pittsburgh is scheduled on Saturday, April 23rd, supporting melanoma research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). We hope that you will join us and help us in our fight to eliminate melanoma, the most life-threatening form of skin cancer.

The urgency of melanoma research is supported by the following facts:

  • One person dies every hour from melanoma.
  • Melanoma does not discriminate in age or gender.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • Annual cost for treating melanoma has grown faster than the annual treatment costs for all cancers
    combined.

Your support will help advance innovative research, and new and more promising personalized treatment
approaches for the future.

UPCI is one of four leading melanoma research centers in the U.S. that have laid the groundwork for a tissue bank consortium, which will provide the most basic of tools – primary tissue to be used in research. The tissue bank will be a critical resource for melanoma researchers to advance innovative and novel new treatment options to reverse the progress of this cancer. 100% of the net proceeds from this event will support the UPCI melanoma
tissue bank – benefiting those impacted by melanoma locally, regionally and nationally.

AIM at Melanoma is the largest international melanoma foundation globally engaged and locally invested in advancing the battle against melanoma through innovative research, legislative reform, education, and patient and caregiver support. The Woiner Foundation is proud to partner with AIM at Melanoma in their common mission to promote awareness and to fund melanoma research.

We would appreciate your consideration of support and invite you to join us in our unwavering battle against
melanoma. TOGETHER, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of individuals suffering from this deadly cancer and their families!

Warmest Regards,
John M. Kirkwood, MD
2016 AIM for the Cure Honorary Chair, Pittsburgh

CLICK HERE FOR EVENT DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

The Woiner Foundation gives $60,000 to melanoma, pancreatic cancer research

On December 14, 2015 at the WPXI-TV Studios in Pittsburgh, Pa., The Woiner Foundation awarded a total of $60,000 to two different groups to support melanoma and pancreatic cancer research and patient care programs.

The foundation awarded $30,000 to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program. The award was accepted by Dr. John Kirkwood, the program’s director. The money will directly support the program’s melanoma research initiatives.

The foundation awarded $30,000 to the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer. The award was accepted by Marla Wagner, Board Secretary for the AFFPC. The money will be used to support Dr. A. James Moser’s pancreatic cancer research programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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The Woiner Foundation raised the money through its third annual 3-2-1 Ride event, which was attended by more than 550 area cyclists and volunteers on Oct. 11, 2015 on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, and its first annual Tim & Rita Woiner Memorial Golf Outing, held in May 2015 at Rolling Fields Golf Club in Murrysville. The 3-2-1 Ride event raised 28.5% more than last year, bringing the 3-year fundraising total to $130,500!

Since its founding in 2013, The Woiner Foundation has given $140,000 in grants to support the fight against melanoma and pancreatic cancer.

“In the past 5 years I have lost both of my parents to cancer, my mom to pancreatic cancer and my dad to melanoma, and at age 32, I have seen my husband battle stage one melanoma twice,” said Woiner Foundation Executive Director Jessica Fera.  “This fight is personal to me, and I know it is for many of our event participants, too.  Whether or not they have been personally touched by one of these diseases, it’s likely that someone they know or love has battled some type of cancer.  We promise to make every dollar raised count.”

The Woiner Foundation is a Pittsburgh-based 501(c)(3), volunteer-run, non-profit organization founded in 2013. The organization’s mission is to fight melanoma and pancreatic cancer by increasing awareness, supporting patients, survivors and families and funding important research.

In 2016, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer increased slightly, moving from 7 to 8 percent. However, pancreatic cancer deaths will surpass those caused by breast cancer, moving the disease from the fourth to the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics 2016 report.

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. and worldwide, and it’s the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29. Every eight minutes someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma but when caught early, it’s almost 100% curable.

More than $6,700 raised at Panera Bread in July

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Throughout the month of July, customers at all Pittsburgh area Panera Bread locations were able to drop their spare change in the donation boxes to support the  Woiner Foundation’s 3-2-1 Ride.

Thanks to their generosity, the foundation is receiving a check for $6,768.69!

Panera Bread is supporting the 3-2-1 Ride for the 2nd year as part of its Operation Dough-Nation® program. In 2013 alone, Covelli Enterprises donated over $19 million to local food banks, hunger relief agencies and other community organizations like ours.

Thank you Pittsburgh and thank you Panera Bread!

The Woiner Foundation partners with Pi Sigma Epsilon

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Pi Sigma Epsilon at Duquesne University has chosen The Woiner Foundation as its chapter philanthropy.

PSE is the only national, professional, fraternity for men and women in the fields of sales, marketing and management.  PSE gives its members the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, participate in conferences both regionally and nationally, and network with top executives through PSE’s corporate partners.  Currently, PSE has over 60 active chapters at Universities across the United States.

PSE will provide financial and member support to the foundation through on campus fundraising and volunteering at events, including the Tim and Rita Woiner Memorial Golf Outing and the 3-2-1 Ride.

Thank you to PSE for your support!

The Woiner Foundation gives $50,000 to melanoma, pancreatic cancer research

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On December 4, 2014 at the WPXI-TV Studios in Pittsburgh, Pa., The Woiner Foundation awarded a total of $50,000 to three different groups to support melanoma and pancreatic cancer research and patient care programs.

The foundation awarded $25,000 to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program. The award was accepted by Dr. John Kirkwood, the program’s director. The money will directly support the program’s melanoma research initiatives.

The foundation awarded $20,000 to the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer. The award was accepted by Marla Wagner, Board Secretary for the AFFPC. The money will be used to support Dr. A. James Moser’s pancreatic cancer research programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

The foundation awarded $5,000 to the Pittsburgh Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The award was accepted by Media Relations Chair Tami Haslett. The money will be used to support PANCAN’s Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program. PALS is a comprehensive and free information service for pancreatic cancer patients, their families and healthcare professionals.

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The Woiner Foundation raised the money through its second annual 3-2-1 Ride event, which was attended by nearly 450 area cyclists on Oct. 12, 2014 on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. WPXI-TV is the official media partner of the 3-2-1 Ride.

The foundation saw a 40% increase in funds raised in its second year due in large part to donations received in memory of Rita Woiner.  Rita was a founding member of the foundation and she passed away in April 2014 after a three and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer.

“The support we received this year and the way our foundation is growing is a true testament to my mom, and how much she was loved and how much she inspired others,” said Jessica Woiner Fera, Executive Director of the Woiner Foundation.  “My mom made us promise to never stop working to help other families, and working towards a cure for these terrible diseases.  We’ll never give up.”

The Woiner Foundation is a Pittsburgh-based 501(c)(3), volunteer-run, non-profit organization founded in 2013. The organization’s mission is to fight melanoma and pancreatic cancer by increasing awareness, supporting patients, survivors and families and funding important research.

Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States. It is estimated that in 2014, more than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 39,500 will die from the disease.

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. and worldwide, and it’s the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29. Every eight minutes someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma but when caught early, it’s almost 100% curable.

3-2-1 Ride 2014 fundraising total announced

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The Woiner Foundation is excited to announce that its 2nd annual 3-2-1 Ride event raised $42,800 and was attended by nearly 450 cyclists!

“We are so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and donors, and for the dedication of our riders,” said 3-2-1 Ride event co-director Ric Fera.

“A 30% increase in funds raised from our first year is fantastic,” said 3-2-1 Ride event co-director Jessica Fera.  “It was difficult at times to pick ourselves up and move forward with the ride after losing my mom to pancreatic cancer in April, but this is what she wanted, and she would be so proud.”

Proceeds from the 3-2-1 Ride will be divided between the Melanoma Center at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, under the director of Dr. John Kirkwood, the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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More than $7,600 raised at Panera Bread in July

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Throughout the month of July, customers at all Pittsburgh area Panera Bread locations were able to drop their spare change in the donation boxes to support the Woiner Foundation’s 3-2-1 Ride.

Thanks to their generosity, the foundation is receiving a check for $7,688.70!

Panera Bread is supporting the 3-2-1 Ride as part of its Operation Dough-Nation® program. In 2013 alone, Covelli Enterprises donated over $19 million to local food banks, hunger relief agencies and other community organizations like ours.

Thank you Pittsburgh and thank you Panera Bread!

 

The Woiner Foundation awards $30,000 to Pittsburgh area organizations

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On Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at the WPXI-TV Studios, The Woiner Foundation awarded a total of $30,000 to three different groups to support melanoma and pancreatic cancer research and patient care programs.

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The foundation awarded $15,000 to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program.  The award was accepted by Dr. John Kirkwood, the program’s director.  The money will directly support the program’s melanoma research initiatives.

The foundation awarded $10,000 to the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer.  The award was accepted by Marla Wagner, Director of Media for the AFFPC.  The money will be used to support Dr. A. James Moser’s pancreatic cancer research programs.

The foundation awarded $5,000 to the Pittsburgh Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  The award was accepted by Affiliate Coordinator Andrea Bauer-Kuczma.  The money will be used to support PANCAN’s Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program.  PALS is a comprehensive and free information service for pancreatic cancer patients, their families and healthcare professionals.

The Woiner Foundation raised the money through its first ever fundraising event, the 3-2-1 Ride, which was attended by more than 400 area cyclists on Oct. 13, 2013 on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.  WPXI-TV is the official media partner of the 3-2-1 Ride.

“We are delighted to present these funds to three organizations which are working tirelessly in the fight against melanoma and pancreatic cancer,” said Rita Woiner, pancreatic cancer survivor and CFO of the Woiner Foundation.

“We look forward to growing our organization, hosting more events, and awarding bigger and bigger checks in the coming years,” said Ric Fera, melanoma survivor and CIO of the Woiner Foundation.

The Woiner Foundation is a Pittsburgh-based 501(c)(3), volunteer-run, non-profit organization founded in 2013.  The organization’s mission is to fight melanoma and pancreatic cancer by increasing awareness, supporting patients, survivors and families and funding important research.

Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States.  It is estimated that in 2013, 45,220 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 38,460 will die from the disease.

Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. and worldwide, and it’s the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29.  Every eight minutes someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma but when caught early, it’s almost 100% curable.

3-2-1 Ride event raises $32,700 for The Woiner Foundation

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The Woiner Foundation is excited to announce that its inaugural 3-2-1 Ride event raised $32,700 and was attended by 405 cyclists!

“We are so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and donors, and for the dedication of our riders,” said 3-2-1 Ride event director Jessica Fera.  “We are overwhelmed by the support we received in our first year and are so excited for the future.”

Proceeds from the 3-2-1 Ride will be divided between the Melanoma Center at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, under the director of Dr. John Kirkwood, the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Learn more about the 3-2-1 Ride by visiting 321Ride.org.