Pap Corps Annual Gift Reaches $3.6 Million
Motivated by its more than 21,000 volunteers, The Pap Corps: Champions for Cancer Research presented its annual gift – this time a check for $3.6 million – to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine.
Presented at The Pap Corps May 9 President’s Meeting at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, the check is part of the group’s $25 million commitment to Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.
In a message read by W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Sylvester/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and CEO of the University of Miami Health System, thanked volunteers for their spectacular efforts.
“The brilliant network and incredible fundraising has once again brought fruit to our cancer center, and your generosity in supporting the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is simply second to none,” the Dean said in his statement. “The breakthroughs that we have been able to accomplish because of your support are extraordinary and have impacted substantially the quality of cancer care, not only at Sylvester, but also … at other institutions and facilities in South Florida.”
The Pap Corps has grown tremendously in both size and scope since its inception in 1952, but its mission has remained the same: to enable and support vital research that someday may lead to a world without cancer.
“Raising $3.6 million this year for cancer research is remarkable!” UM President Donna E. Shalala said. “The Pap Corps has made Sylvester a magnet for some of the top cancer researchers and clinicians in the nation. We could not be more grateful for the Pap’s commitment and dedication.”
This year, as The Pap Corps celebrates its 61st birthday, and 55 chapters across Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, it also celebrates Sylvester’s new director, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. One of the world’s premier leukemia and stem cell transplant researchers and clinicians, Nimer took the helm of Sylvester last spring after a dozen years as director of the Division of Hematologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Since it began under the leadership of five women, the organization has donated more than $50 million to cancer research at Sylvester. This year’s gift will provide critical seed money that scientists and researchers need to apply for grants from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and other funding organizations.
“I am thrilled to present the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center with a check for $3.6 million,” Pap Corps President JoAnne Goldberg said. “We know that the money The Pap Corps raises each year enables the researchers and doctors to continue their work in the fight against cancer. I am truly overwhelmed by the dedication of The Pap Corps chapters in this accomplishment.”
The Corps is named for George Papanicolaou, who invented the pap smear, a diagnostic tool used to detect cervical cancer. Papanicolaou was the former director of the then-Dade County Cancer Institute, which merged with UM’s original Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1984.
When the new Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center opened in 1992, the Papanicolaou research laboratories were relocated to UM’s medical campus.
Sylvester, part of UHealth-the University of Miami Health System, has since opened a satellite facility in Deerfield Beach, and clinical offices and treatment centers in Kendall and Plantation to better serve patients in southern Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.