5th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Each year, Sky Foundation, Inc. holds its annual fundraiser during November in recognition of National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Our November 3rd gathering at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI was a tremendous success! The sold-out crowd were generous bidders on the silent and live auction items, the 50/50 raffle, and the challenge matching grant, whose $50,000 goal was exceeded. Once again, Rod Meloni, WDIV's Local 4 Business Editor, was a commanding emcee, and Charlie Wickens added humor to his auctioneer duties.
Nick Karmanos, Senior VP of Institutional Relations at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, announced the first award winner of Sky Foundation's Fund for Pancreas Cancer Research grant of $50,000 to Dr. Rafael Fridman, Ph.D., professor of pathology at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Dr. Fridman's work, in collaboration with a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, investigates the role of fibrosis in pancreas cancer with a focus on cancer-cell collagen interactions.
Dr. Teri Brentnall, from the University of Washington in Seattle, spoke with heartfelt conviction about the critical need for alternate sources of government funding to continue vital pancreas cancer research.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and our research partners! Sky Foundation continues to make a difference by creating awareness and raising funds for pioneering pancreas cancer research.
PHOTO 1 OF 17: ELAINE BERESH AND RABBI FREEDMAN