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Johnson Cancer Research Center Newsletter


Bascom Lecture on HPV vaccine for cancer prevention

Dr. Mike HagenseeMichael Hagensee, MD, PhD, Dept. of Medicine, Section of Infectious Disease, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, presented “HPV vaccination: from laboratory to…bedside?” Nov. 3 for our Bascom Lecture Series for the K-State and greater Manhattan community.

Dr. Michael Hagensee discussed the development of the current HPV vaccines, from laboratory benchtop to clinical application. He described the problems with the low HPV vaccination rates as well as a possible solution. And he spoke about ongoing issues with HPV-related diseases in the vaccine era. A video is available on our website.


Dr. Waddle travels to Armenia!Dr. Waddle book in Armenian

Our A Day With Dr. Waddle book, written by center staff in 1988, has been translated into Armenian to help counselors at Muratsan University Hospital’s Chemotherapy Clinic, in Armenia, explain cancer to children.

Dr. Waddle’s important lesson is now available in English, Spanish and Armenian! Books are available directly from our center. Learn more about Dr. Waddle on our website.


K-State Fighting for a Cure Day

K-State Marching Bands Beat Cancer FormationWildcats aplenty wore their Fighting for a Cure shirts to the home football game and elsewhere in celebration of K-State Fighting for a Cure Day Oct. 8. Sharon Snyder & daughter WhitneyFirst lady of K-State Football Sharon Snyder and the Snyder family and many other friends showed their pride by wearing their shirts.

Around 520 people bought the new K-State Fighting for a Cure shirt in 2016, raising about $6,750 for K-State cancer research. That brings total shirt proceeds to more than $26,000!

Eric Stonestreet wearing Cure shirtYou can see photos of our shirt campaign supporters on Facebook, including Emmy Award-winning actor and K-State alum Eric Stonestreet, former K-State and Kansas City Chiefs football player Kevin Lockett, University President and First Lady Richard and Mary Jo Myers, and band director Dr. Frank Tracz.

A highlight of the day was when the K-State Marching Band, decorated in pink ribbons, formed the words “BEAT CANCER” on the field during halftime! See the photo above. We also enjoyed our annual Tailgate Party in Cat Town.

We are grateful to N Zone, our media partners and many others who have supported this effort!

The 2017 Fighting for a Cure Day will be Oct. 14. Get your shirt!


7th Annual Pink Power Luncheon

Pink Power Luncheon GuestsWe had our biggest Pink Power Luncheon yet, on Oct. 21, with close to 190 attendees! Dr. Annelise Nguyen, toxicologist in Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology in K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, presented “Understanding the Origin of and Therapies for Breast Cancer.” Co-sponsored by Komen Kansas, this special event offers free lunch, breast cancer-related information, exhibits by local health-related resources and door prizes.  More info is on our website.


19th Annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament

Regier Family 2016The 19th Annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament was Oct. 7 at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan. It raised more than $23,000 for K-State cancer research!

K-State Marching Band at Regier Golf Tournament 2016
We got a surprise visit from the K-State Marching Band during their Friday night pre-game pub crawl!

The tournament honors Rob Regier, a K-State grad in pre-dentistry who died of cancer at age 26. It is hosted by the Regier Family, of Overland Park. We are so grateful for their support! Thanks also to premier sponsor Grand Mère Development.

Mark your calendars for the 20th tournament Oct. 20!