Brothers Kyle, Ian Amber – 16-year-old and UM Med Student – Present $20,000 Check to UM/Sylvevester
Ian Amber was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at age 10. While he fought to stay alive, his five-year-old brother Kyle began selling stickers and, joined by his brother, began running bake sales to help pay for a pediatric bone marrow transplant unit in case Ian needed that option. Ian recovered without a transplant, but over the last 11 years the brothers’ Kids That Care charity has raised more than $100,000. Ian’s experiences with cancer convinced him not only to help raise money for cancer research but also to enroll in the University of Miami’s highly competitive undergraduate Honors Program in Medicine.
Younger brother Kyle is considering doing the same. “I’m still in high school but when I graduate I’d like to go to medical school,” Kyle said. “When my brother first got sick, even though I was just a little kid, I saw first-hand some of the issues children face when diagnosed with cancer. I want to do all I can.”
Today the brothers presented a check for $20,000 to W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., director, and Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., associate director, clinical and translational research, UM/Sylvester, to help in the fight against cancer. The brothers’ Kids That Care charity became a member of the Friends for Sylvester, a giving society at UM/Sylvester.
UM/Sylvester was founded in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles more than 1,300 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,900 surgical procedures, and treats 3,000 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 150 clinical trials and receive more than $31 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach recently opened to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. This 10,000-square-foot facility at I-95 and S.W. 10th Street offers appointments with physicians from six cancer specialties, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.