Special Events Boost Busy UC Brain Tumor Center

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From left, Eric Becker, Dr. John Tew, and Tom and Mary Jo Blankemeyer at the UC Brain Tumor Center’s annual Wine Tasting. Photo by UC Academic Health Center Medical Communications Services.

The UC Brain Tumor Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, one of four institutes of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health, has been in high gear during the last several months. In addition to treating 75 percent of all people with brain tumors in the Cincinnati region, the center has been forging ahead with multiple clinical trials while meeting continued demand for the new acuity-adjustable unit at UC Health University Hospital. The family-friendly unit, with its rollaway beds for family and its ability to fit a patient’s room and nursing team to the patient’s individual needs, has been operating at virtual capacity since it opened in May.

The Brain Tumor Center also has been the grateful beneficiary of two important fundraisers: the annual Wine Tasting Event in May and the Shemenski Bowl-a-thon earlier this month.  On deck:

  •  the Midwest Regional Brain Tumor Conference, Oct. 27, at the Meridian Conference Center in West Chester, Ohio
  • Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure, Oct. 28, at Yeatman’s Cove at Sawyer Point, in downtown Cincinnati

The Wine Tasting, held at the Russel C. Myers Alumni Center, raised $33,000 to support novel research in glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

“By targeting an individual’s DNA, the research becomes very individualized,” says Ronald Warnick, MD, Medical Director of the UC Brain Tumor Center and Chairman of the Mayfield Clinic. “This ‘personalized’ approach to research involves tailoring therapies directly to the complexities that are inherent in each individual, rather than the conventional ‘one size fits all’ approach. It is an area of great promise for us at the UC Brain Tumor Center, and for thousands of people with brain tumors around the world.”

Research at the Brain Tumor Center also will be supported by the Shemenski Foundation’s growing Bowl-a-thon, which raised a record $20,000. This year’s event at Stones Lanes in Norwood, Ohio, brought together more than 100 bowlers and 25 volunteers. Bowlers tallied 6,400 rolls and knocked down 25,000 pins.

The foundation, inspired by the life of John Shemenski, “is dedicated to spreading the hope, courage and determination needed to beat brain cancer” while providing financial support for scientific research. To see photos from the event, visit the foundation’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/shemenskifoundation.

Still two months away, Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure is closing in on the $50,000 mark, with Deb’s Brainiacs leading the way with $1,930 raised!

Finally, the Precision Radiotherapy Center, in West Chester, Ohio, where many UC Brain Tumor Center patients are treated, has been honored with a Best of West Chester Award. Candidates for the Best of West Chester Award are evaluated on the basis of information gathered by the awards program and submitted by third parties. Recognition is given to companies that have:

  • shown the ability to use best practices;
  • implemented programs that generate competitive advantages and long-term value;
  • enhanced the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community; and
  • helped make the West Chester area a desirable place in which to live, work and play.

Precision Radiotherapy, which is operated by the Mayfield Clinic and UC Health’s Department of Radiation Oncology, treats adult and pediatric patients. Its highly sophisticated equipment produces precisely contoured beams of radiation to treat tumors of the brain, head, neck, lung, breast, prostate, liver, kidney, pancreas, colon/rectum, reproductive tract and skin. The center also treats vascular malformations and trigeminal neuralgia.

–Cindy Starr

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