Community Cancer Endowment Fund
a moving end to a memorable day. At a cocktail reception following
the announcement of UC Davis Cancer Center’s designation by
the National Cancer Institute, Norma Harris, representing the Auburn
Community Cancer Endowment Fund, presented Cancer Center Director
Ralph deVere White with a $50,000 check to support cancer research
at UC Davis.
The money was raised by the Auburn Rotary Club on a single sunny
morning in June. The event, a “fun run,” drew a throng
of walkers and runners, backed by donor pledges, to the streets
of historic Auburn. Other community members contributed by buying
$100 raffle tickets. The prize: A brand-new black Subaru sedan,
donated by founders of the Auburn Community Cancer Endowment Fund.
Since its inception a year ago, the endowment has generated $200,000
for cancer research at UC Davis. Besides the fun run, Auburn organizers
have hosted two golf tournaments, a gala and a vintage vehicle show.
More events are planned.
The campaign’s ambitious goal is to raise $1 million for research
at the area’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer
“And we’re going to make it!” said Virgil Traynor,
a UC Davis-trained veterinarian who was treated for prostate cancer
at UC Davis Cancer Center eight years ago. Traynor, who has lived
in Auburn for more than 40 years, believes his town has the heart
and the will to make a major difference in the fight against a disease
that claims more than half a million Americans every year. He hopes
other towns will do the same.
“Progress is going to be made by scientific discovery,”
said Traynor, a founder of the endowment campaign. “And scientific
discovery is going to be made at top research centers.”
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