Annual Event 2010

Celebrating the Faces of Hope: Past, Present and Future

Penn's Abramson Cancer Center hosted the Abramson Cancer Center Annual Research Report and Reception, Celebrating the Faces of Hope: Past, Present, and Future on Monday, May 10, 2010 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

This year, we honored our past by celebrating Peter C. Nowell, MD and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Philadelphia Chromosome, which led the way to a better understanding of cancer biology and the evolution of targeted therapies. We honored our present by celebrating our magnificent staff and courageous patients, who are powerful partners in advancing the important care provided at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center. Our promising future would not be possible without the generous philanthropy from our many friends. We also announced and celebrated an extraordinary new gift from the Abramson family to accelerate our research and patient care programs.

The Research Report featured the leadership of the Abramson Cancer Center speaking on the clinical integration efforts across disciplines to advance cancer prevention, diagnosis, and cure of some of the most difficult to treat cancers - lung, skin, head and neck, and pancreatic cancers.

It was impossible to show all of the 500 physicians and researchers associated with the Abramson Cancer Center and how they all interact to improve cancer care. The panelists represented hundreds of their colleagues working together to find a cure.

Following the Research Report, there was a celebratory reception for the Abramson Family and the impact that their generous philanthropy has made on patients and families in the Philadelphia area and beyond.