UCSF joins public campaign to accelerate cancer research

By Vanessa deGier

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cancer Research Alliance, an organization comprised of 12 of the nation’s top cancer centers, is asking all Americans to exercise their power over cancer by donating $1 to cancer research efforts this Mother’s Day through Father’s Day.

The “Infinite Power of One” campaign has two key goals: to activate Americans everywhere to take matters into their own hands by joining together to exercise their collective power over cancer and to raise much needed funds to accelerate innovative cancer research at the participating cancer centers.

“This is truly an exciting time for this important initiative,” said Bridget Brennan, director of Development Programs, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. “By engaging all Americans in the campaign, we know we can galvanize the public to make change and celebrate the enormous power we have as a society to have a positive impact on our health. The CRA will use the funds generated from this campaign to accelerate research that is less invasive, more targeted, more personal and more powerful.”

The public can join the campaign and make a donation by visiting the campaign’s sponsor web site, Celebrations.com, beginning May 11 through June 15.

“The public often doesn’t realize that small amounts of generosity can serve as a potent catalyst for programs and crucial research that will benefit cancer patients throughout the nation and the world,” said Frank McCormick, PhD, FRS, director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. “By being part of the Cancer Research Alliance and this campaign, we hope that together, we can make an impact and improve the lives of those living with cancer today and in the future.”

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America, exceeded only by heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every year, more than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with some form of the disease. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 10.5 million Americans - roughly one in 29 — are now living with a previous diagnosis of cancer.

The Cancer Research Alliance is comprised of 12 of the nation’s best cancer centers. Each one is a NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest distinction bestowed by the National Cancer Institute. Member institutions include:

* Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
* Fox Chase Cancer Center
* Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
* Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa
* Arthur C. James Cancer Hospital & Richard Solove Research Institute, Ohio State University
* Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
* Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University
* MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas
* H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
* Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
* Roswell Park Cancer Center
* Helen H. Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco
To support the campaign, visit http://www.celebrations.com.

## About the Cancer Research Alliance

The Cancer Research Alliance (CRA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of 12 of the nation’s top cancer centers. The CRA was founded in 2006 as a way to unite the nation’s centers in national outreach campaigns to accelerate promising cancer research initiatives at the participating institutions. To learn more about the Cancer Research Alliance, visit http://www.cancerresearchalliance.org.

## UCSF: A Leader in Cancer Care

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center was designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute in 1999 in recognition of the highest level of excellence in both its scientific research and its ability to integrate diverse research approaches to focus on the problem of cancer and improve patient outcomes. The Center ranks first in California and sixth nationwide in National Cancer Institute research grants and is home to pioneers in research into genetic, cellular and immune system causes and responses to cancer.For more information, please visit http://cancer.ucsf.edu/.