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5.12.2010

Pap Corps Gives $3.2 Million to Fund Vital Cancer Research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

The 21,000-member Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research has announced its annual gift to fund vital cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The check for $3.2 million was presented to Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., interim director of Sylvester; W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester/UMHC – University of Miami Hospital & Clinics; and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School of Medicine.

“I just want to say how proud I am to hand over this check,” said Tutsie Lipkin, president of the Pap Corps. In speaking to more than 700 guests at the annual donor luncheon, she reminded everyone that “there are still many roads to travel on our course to cure cancer … cancer doesn’t relax for a minute and neither can we.”

The donor luncheon was held at the Boca Raton Resort with leaders representing all 52 units in attendance celebrating 58 years of support for cancer research at the University of Miami.

The Pap Corps is an all-volunteer fundraising group with members spread across the tri-county area. Under Lipkin’s leadership membership has grown from 19,000 to 21,000 and from 47 to 52 units. She is especially proud of the tremendous increase in male members, from 710 in 2009 to 2,000 today, which was one of her goals as president.

Despite the economic downturn nationwide, the Pap Corps maintained its enthusiasm and drive over the past year. “You all inspire us and I want all 21,000 of you to know you’re our best friends,” said Dr. Joseph Rosenblatt to luncheon guests. “Tutsie, you came into office just as the economy tanked and yet you never stopped working. You saw the potential for what the Pap Corps could become and laid the foundation for those who will follow.”

Rosenblatt reviewed the research report provided to luncheon guests, mentioning 282 active research projects totaling more than $38 million in funding, many of which are specifically supported by Pap Corps funds. The Pap Corps’ ongoing investment provides seed money for physicians and scientists to develop the preliminary experimental data needed to successfully apply for operating grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Cancer Society, and other national funding sources.

Lipkin introduced and thanked Dean Goldschmidt, saying, “We’re most proud of the Dean’s unwavering support for cancer research and Sylvester.” As guest speaker, Goldschmidt said, “What you’ve achieved is truly remarkable. I know the damage that cancer can do, but with an army we can fight the disease, destroy the disease, and create a world without cancer.” Goldschmidt also thanked Dr. Jerry Goodwin for his 14 years of service as director of Sylvester and announced to luncheon guests that “as chief medical officer Jerry is now responsible for cancer services throughout the health system.”

Goodwin, admittedly overwhelmed by Goldschmidt’s remarks and the standing ovation he received from luncheon guests, said, “I’m glad to be here with you to celebrate your good work. I’m excited now to focus on the clinical side of the business.” He mentioned the construction and renovation projects in Deerfield Beach to add radiation oncology and a breast health center, along with several other initiatives currently underway. “We’re taking cancer care to the citizens of South Florida,” said Goodwin. “I give heartfelt thanks to Tutsie for her two tremendous years of leadership.”

Goodwin then installed the Pap Corps officers for 2010-2011, introducing Naomi Prever, president, and her executive board.

In accepting the presidency, Prever excitedly said, “My passion to become a volunteer started many years ago as a result of my family’s experience with cancer. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. I know that I will never rest until our doctors find a cure for cancer.” Prever’s daughters congratulated their mom on her new role and talked about her 50 years of charitable work. “We [the Pap Corps] are the ones who fund modern miracles,” said Prever.

Lipkin thanked everyone for attending the luncheon. “Today is quite a day. Today marks the end of a very important journey for me as Pap Corps president.” Lipkin wished Prever all the best and pledged her support to the new team. “One of Tutsie’s main strengths is her power of persuasion,” said Sheila Vecker, luncheon co-chair, along with Roberta Oberman and Priscilla Polishook. Everyone applauded the tremendous work of the luncheon committee.

For more information about the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research, please call 877-495-8100 or visit www.papcorps.org.

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