Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Papanicolaou Corps Celebrates 55th Anniversary With Generous Gift To UM/Sylvester


In celebration of its 55th anniversary, the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research announced a generous gift of $3.15 million to fund cancer research at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The presentation made today at the annual donor luncheon at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, puts the Pap Corps close to reaching its six-year, $14 million pledge a year early. The Pap Corps, founded in 1952, has more than 17,000 members in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

“I am so very proud of this wonderful group. It is because of the work of each and every one of our volunteers that we are able to present this gift,” said Barbara Pessel, president of the Pap Corps. “And, I know that our joint efforts in funding cancer research are making a difference at UM/Sylvester.” When Pessel became president in 2006, she announced an increased pledge, from $12 million to $14 million over six years.

During the luncheon, the leadership of the Pap Corps presented a check to UM/Sylvester Director W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., UM/Sylvester Board of Governors Chair Joan Scheiner, Paschal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., F.A.C.C., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

“We are truly blessed to have the Pap Corps as our partners in cancer research,” Goodwin said. “Working together we are making a difference in the lives of cancer patients today and building the foundation for even more breakthroughs in the near future. The Pap Corps has definitely set the bar when it comes to dedication.”

“We applaud the Pap Corps for its numerous accomplishments during the past 55 years,” added Scheiner. “What these devoted women and men have done and continually do for cancer research is unparalleled. In addition to their very generous monetary contributions, the Pap Corps members are wonderful community ambassadors for UM/Sylvester.”

The ongoing commitment of the Pap Corps funds critical research programs at UM/Sylvester, including clinical trials focused on lymphoma, certain drug resistant cancers, new chemotherapies, gynecologic cancer, and lung cancer, among others. The Pap Corps also has helped fund investigations and new diagnostic tools for a variety of cancers at UM/Sylvester, South Florida’s only university-based cancer center.

The Pap Corps is continually growing, adding more members, all of whom are dedicated to the mission of funding cancer research. “This is such an exciting time for the Pap Corps,” added Pessel. We have such a wonderful legacy, and we are looking towards the future. I truly believe that ‘Today’s Research Brings Tomorrow’s Cure’ – a phrase we have adopted that simply states our belief that research is the best weapon in the war against cancer.”

For more information about the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research please call (954) 425-8100 or visit

UM/Sylvester opened 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 nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,600 surgical procedures, and treats 3,400 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 250 clinical trials and receive more than $30 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 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 13 Site Disease Groups, chemotherapy visits, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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