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  • Posted Monday August 13, 2018

Seena Magowitz Foundation: Triple survival of pancreatic cancer patients

Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, a TGen fundraiser, Aug. 25-27

BOSTON — Aug. 13, 2018 — Roger E. Magowitz, founder of the Seena Magowitz Foundation, wants you to help him do something that’s never been done: Triple the average 5-year survival rate of patients with pancreatic cancer, the nation’s third leading cause of cancer related death.

You can join him in this endeavor by attending the 2018 Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, Aug. 25-27, headquartered at the five-star Boston Harbor Hotel. The Saturday-through-Monday event includes: a boat tour, clambake and lobster fest, a gala dinner, and golf tournament, which will be held at the celebrated Wellesley Country Club.

“This is a remarkable cause and this will be a memorable weekend,” said Roger Magowitz, who created the foundation in memory of this mother, who succumbed to this disease. “Our mission is to advance awareness, enable early detection, extend survival, and the eventual eradication of pancreatic cancer, the most lethal of all cancers.”

Nearly 40 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first 6 months of diagnosis, and 75 percent die within the first year. In 2018, more than 44,000 Americans will succumb to this dreaded disease.

Now in its 16th year, the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic has raised nearly $8 million for clinical trials designed by the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Since the Golf Classic began, TGen Physician-In-Chief Dr. Daniel Von Hoff has guided three of the nation’s four clinical trials shown to extend survival for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. His treatments have resulted in the FDA standard-of-care for advanced pancreatic cancer, and now are in use worldwide.

“This proves the Seena Magowitz model of rapid application of the best possible bench-science to patient-care works,” said Dr. Von Hoff, TGen Distinguished Professor, who also is the event’s keynote speaker. “This year, we are concentrating on why pancreatic cancer is so resistant to a patient’s own immune system.”

The Golf Classic has largely been supported by the mattress and home furnishings industry. The event’s 2018 Honorary Chair is Mark Quinn, co-founder of Spink & Edgar USA.

"For years, Mark has been passionately involved in raising awareness and money for pancreatic cancer research. His dedication to elevating our visibility and engaging the industry is unparalleled. We're thrilled to have him bring new energy and creativity to the upcoming Golf Classic," Roger Magowitz said.

Quinn said he is excited to be this year’s Honorary Chair: "As part of my role, we are forming an advisory board that brings industry leaders together to share in the pursuit of commonly shared goals. By linking together current and future leadership, we can pull resources to amplify the message and maximize the end results.”

Master of Ceremonies for this year’s gala dinner will be Derrick Hall, President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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About the Seena Magowitz Foundation
Founded in 2002, the Seena Magowitz Foundation is dedicated to bringing people, sponsors, organizations and medical research together in synergistic concert to fight pancreatic cancer. The foundation is uniquely focused on early detection, increasing survival rate, empowering people with awareness and eventually finding a cure.

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About TGen
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. TGen is focused on helping patients with neurological disorders, cancer, diabetes, and infectious diseases, through cutting edge translational research (the process of rapidly moving research towards patient benefit).  TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities literally worldwide, TGen makes a substantial contribution to help our patients through efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. TGen is affiliated with City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and cancer and diabetes treatment center: This precision medicine affiliation enables both institutes to complement each other in research and patient care, with City of Hope providing a significant clinical setting to advance scientific discoveries made by TGen. For more information, visit: Follow TGen on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter @TGen.

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