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Provide Critical Funding for Sylvester


The all-volunteer group with 21,000 members defies economic trends in its fundraising efforts for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. This year’s donation was an astounding $3.4 million, bringing the total raised by the grassroots organization to nearly $40 million in its 60-year history. The Pap Corps annual gift provides critical seed money to Sylvester physicians and scientists to develop experimental data in order to successfully apply for grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Cancer Society, and other national funding outlets. The annual donation has grown even more critical in recent years. Ten years ago, 30 percent of federal grant applications were approved and funded, but that number has plunged to just 7 percent, making the Pap gift a lifeline.


On May 12, 2011, The Pap Corps presented its second- largest gift to Sylvester: $3.4 million. From left: Sylvester Interim Director Dr. Joseph Rosenblatt, Pap Corps Treasurer Hannah Scheff, Pap Corps Executive Vice President JoAnne Goldberg, Pap Corps President


Naomi Prever and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt.


The Pap Corps Continues to


Cancer Link is “Stars in


From left: Cancer Link co-president Virginia Praschnik, founder Marlene Berg, honoree and golden sponsor Connie Russell, and co-president Norma Jean Abraham at the Cancer Link luncheon on Oct. 13, 2011.


Pink” On October 13, more than 650 guests attended the Cancer Link “Stars in Pink” luncheon & auction to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester. One of the city’s largest benefits for breast cancer research, the luncheon at Jungle Island was led by co-presidents Norma Jean Abraham and Virginia Praschnik, and raised more than $150,000. For more than 20 years, Cancer Link has generously donated more than $1 million to support breast cancer research.


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