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November 18, 2016 - Hundreds attend 8th Annual Celebrate Hope to support cancer research

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The 8th Annual Celebrate Hope gala drew hundreds of people on Thursday, Nov. 17, to USA Mitchell Cancer Institute in support of basic cancer research.

The evening event featured 12 area chefs and their specialty dishes, along with the Escalade Show and Dance Band. The presenting sponsor was Wind Creek Hotel and Casino Atmore.

“We call it Celebrate Hope, but it’s really a celebration of our patients, their families, our clinical staff, researchers and all the folks who make MCI not only a warm environment but also a great success,” said Dr. Michael A. Finan, MCI director.

Over the past seven years, Celebrate Hope has raised $2.2 million to support basic cancer research and technology at MCI. Revenues from the 2015 gala purchased an x-ray generator that enables scientists who specialize in crystallography to visualize the structure of tiny proteins related to cancer. Visualizing the proteins enables them to develop new compounds to better treat cancer.

“Laboratory research underlies every major diagnostic and therapeutic advance in cancer,” said Laurie Owen, Ph.D., associate director of Basic and Translational Sciences at MCI. “Funding from the Celebrate Hope event makes transformative research in early cancer detection, cancer prevention, and cancer treatment possible right here in Mobile.

“Our research program is nationally competitive in large part because of the generous funding we have received from this premier event.”

On Thursday, local dancers stood en pointe to welcome guests to the event, which featured a winter-to-spring theme under clear skies.

Local and regional chefs represented Wind Creek, Dauphin’s, The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel, Von’s Bistro, the Fairhope Inn, Wintzell’s, Naman’s Catering, Half Shell Oyster House, Chef Rob & Co., Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Aramark and Bake My Day. 

USA Mitchell Cancer Institute is the only academic cancer treatment and researcher institute on the upper Gulf Coast corridor.



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