Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Aligns with Stand Up 2 Cancer-National Effort to Fight Cancer

08.17.2008

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is joining the national network event, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), to help raise funds for cancer research, benefitting patients in South Florida and throughout the nation. SU2C is uniting CBS, ABC and NBC in an unprecedented television event on September 5th, 2008. That evening, all three major networks will simulcast one hour of prime time television featuring more than 50 of the biggest names in TV, film, sports and music, all gathered to help raise funds to fight cancer.

As part of the focused effort to support SU2C, Sylvester will be calling to action its alliance of thousands of committed volunteers and donors to spread the word about SU2C by asking them to host viewing parties across South Florida. On September 5th, volunteers and donors will watch the special broadcast and engage neighbors and friends to make a show of support to SU2C and Sylvester. By mobilizing this already established and mighty coalition of supporters behind this effort, Sylvester will harness the energy of SU2C to introduce many more people to the world of cancer philanthropy, while also helping to channel that energy and donations toward the most critical need, cancer research. By uniting to support the region’s only university-based cancer center, everyone involved in this special evening can stand with Sylvester as we all Stand Up To Cancer!

The more than 200 physicians and scientists that make up Sylvester are also ready to jump into this national effort. On the front lines in the war on cancer, they are prepared to spread the word about the latest treatments and research that are breaking new ground and offering new hope to patients everywhere. Researchers here at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed an approved treatment for advanced cervical cancer, are conducting clinical trials using a breakthrough lung cancer vaccine, and are making noteworthy strides in viral immunology. From developing vaccines and viruses in labs here on campus, to utilizing the most advanced and aggressive targeted therapies already available, Sylvester is always advancing in the war on cancer. Right now, Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials and receive more than $36 million annually in research grants.

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center strives to be an internationally recognized leader in multidisciplinary cancer research, education and patient care. Opening in 1992, Sylvester has become the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is the only academic medical center for a region of nearly 6 million people. On an annual basis, Sylvester handles nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions, performs 2,700 surgical procedures, and treats 3,800 new cancer patients.

For more information about Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), go to http://www.standup2cancer.org/. To get more details about hosting a viewing party that supports SU2C and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, log onto http://sylvester.org/how_to/SU2C_invite.asp.

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