Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group Announces Its Second Distribution of 2012
Funds Raised And The Beneficiaries
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- The Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group (SCCBG) selects a variety of beneficiaries who are providing much needed support and research for people with cancer in the Santa Cruz community. Today the group announces it raised more than $32,500 during the second half of 2012 and is distributing the funds to the following list of local Santa Cruz beneficiaries.
Hospice of Santa Cruz County
Hospice of Santa Cruz County provides compassionate presence and professional expertise for individuals and their families confronted with end of life and ensuing loss. Essential to this mission are the core values of dignity, comfort and self-determination. Their Transitions Program provides quality, professional assistance, ensuring that individuals and families have the support they need to navigate the many questions, concerns, and practical and emotional challenges that arise with a life-limiting diagnosis. www.hospicesantacruz.org
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Association
In 2009 Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services celebrated its 11th year of offering programs that improve the quality of life for children with cancer and ease the challenges their families face. Their belief is that by caring for the entire family, they can best support the needs of the child with cancer. All programs are designed to address the emotional, social, and financial needs of children with cancer and their families .www.jacobsheart.org
Katz Cancer Resource Center
The Bennett & Suzy Katz Cancer Resource Center at Dominican Hospital provides no-charge access to information and services related to all aspects of cancer care. Support groups are open to all whose lives are challenged by cancer: patients, family and close friends. Groups include breast cancer, caregiver support, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.
WomenCARE Cancer Advocacy, Resources and Education
WomenCARE, founded by women with cancer for women with cancer, is a safe place that provides advocacy, free resources, education, one-on-one and group support, and healing workshops to women facing all types of cancer, to their families, friends, and caregivers. www.womencaresantacruz.org
University of California, Santa Cruz Researcher Holger Schmidt
The final beneficiary is a new recipient chosen in 2012 by the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group. The organization has made a donation to University of California, Santa Cruz Researcher Holger Schmidt. Schmidt is a Professor of Electrical Engineering who has created the entitled Micro-RNA cancer biomarker detection on a chip. He is currently exploring the commercial potential of sensor technology. Micro-RNAs have emerged as very important markers for a large number of cancers such as lymphoma, lung cancer, colon cancer as well as many others. Employing a silicon-optical chip, single RNA molecules can be detected using conventional fiber optic detection systems at low concentration and with high specificity. Support from SCCBG will be used to take the next pivotal study in the detection of mi-RNA cancer biomarkers in clinical (patients with lymphoma) serum samples.
“The Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group would like to thank the Santa Cruz community for the great success of all of our 2012 fund raising events: the Spring Forward Against Cancer Gala, Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament and Gourmet Grazing on the Green,” said Dr. Beckett, Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group Board Member. “The success of the events over the past 16 years has pushed the organization to over the $1 million mark in total funds raised. Together we helped improve the lives of cancer sufferers in our county and supported research efforts that could bring future cures”.
Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in the Santa Cruz community. Working with a dedicated group of volunteers and partners, the organization raises community consciousness through events and outreach and provides vital financial support for beneficiary organizations. Through these efforts the organization has a particular focus on new research and the development of improved and more effective treatment solutions for cancer.
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