In a brief ceremony this week, the Jags Solanki Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer presented a check for $35,001 to the UC Davis Cancer Center for ovarian cancer research. The money was raised during a highly successful golf tournament and gala in September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
The fund was established in memory Jagrati Solanki, who was diagnosed in 2010 with the disease. Mrs. Solanki lost her battle with ovarian cancer earlier this year. Her family says that her message to women was "know your body."
Among those in attendance at the check presentation were Ralph deVere White, cancer center director, and Gary Leiserowitz, professor and chief of gynecological oncology and one of her physicians, who will use the funds to support UC Davis research developing a potential ovarian cancer diagnostic blood test.
UC Davis Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute- designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its top specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 9,000 adults and children every year, and offer patients access to more than 150 clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program includes more than 280 scientists at UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The unique partnership, the first between a major cancer center and national laboratory, has resulted in the discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Through the Cancer Care Network, UC Davis is collaborating with a number of hospitals and clinical centers throughout the Central Valley and Northern California regions to offer the latest cancer-care services. For more information, visit cancer.ucdavis.edu.