CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 2, 2001
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at UI to mark 21st anniversary Oct.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Staff, supporters and patients will commemorate the 21st
anniversary of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of
Iowa with a special series of events on Oct. 12 and 13.
"Our 20th year was filled with so many momentous events, such as earning
cancer center status and then comprehensive cancer center status from the
National Cancer Institute, plus the generous $25 million gift from the Holden
family, that we just weren't able to devote the time necessary to planning
an anniversary event," said R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of UI
Hospitals and Clinics. "This year, we wanted to take time during our
21st year, early in the 21st century, to honor the accomplishments of the
many people who have devoted so much of their time and efforts to support
the missions of the center."
The 21st anniversary event will kick off on Friday, Oct. 12, with a continuing
medical education program for physicians, followed by a reception for program
participants, faculty and staff in the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer
Center. On Saturday, Oct. 13, invited guests will tour research labs in the
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and enjoy an evening reception and dinner
in the Atrium Dining Room in the 7th level of the John Colloton Pavilion at
UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Saturday's events will feature cancer survivors such as Andy Katherman,
who received treatment at the Cancer Center 21 years ago and is now a UI student,
and Hayden Fry, the former UI head football coach who beat prostate cancer.
Scientists will also be on hand during tours of their labs to discuss how
the discoveries they are making are being translated into treatments that
can help people diagnosed with cancer.
"The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is a valuable resource for
everyone in the region," said Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College
of Medicine. "The faculty and staff here will continue to play a key
role in making advances against cancer in the decades to come."
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, established the Cancer Center in 1980,
as a matrix cancer center that included many departments at the UI. Richard
L. DeGowin, M.D., served as the first director of the center.
In 1993, a generous gift from the Pappajohn family of Des Moines helped
establish the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center, providing a
multidisciplinary approach to state-of-the-art cancer care. Richard D. Williams,
M.D., coordinated the clinic's development. In 1994, Richard
G. Lynch, M.D., led the effort that restructured the center with the support
of a Cancer Center planning grant. From 1994 through 1998, Robert B. Wallace,
M.D., served as director of the Cancer Center and established much of the
center's current research program and core resource structure. George J. Weiner,
M.D., succeeded Wallace as director of the center in 1998.
In July 2000, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) named the center as an
NCI-designated cancer center. On Sept. 1, 2000, the Holden family of Williamsburg,
Iowa presented a landmark gift of $25 million to the UI, and the Cancer Center
was renamed the Holden Cancer Center at the UI. In December 2000, the Holden
Cancer Center achieved comprehensive status, the highest NCI ranking, and
was renamed the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.
The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI is Iowa's only National
Cancer Institute (NCI)- designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated
comprehensive cancer centers are recognized leaders in developing new approaches
to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and
educating the public about cancer.
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