Difference investing in our Future P H OTO S By : N i c k R O m A N e N kO Making A Making a transformative impact on the future of cancer care, supporters of this year’s Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Gala came together to raise more than $2 million for Above: Retired Johnson and Johnson executive Robert E. Campbell (right), who sits on Rutgers Cancer Institute’s Director’s Advisory Board, co-chaired this year’s gala event. He joins New Brunswick developer Omar Boraie, who recently made a $1.5 million pledge to support the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science at Rutgers Cancer Institute. research efforts. A special thank you to Robert and Joan Campbell for issuing a $1 million challenge gift to Rutgers cancer institute for the occasion. The couple’s generous gift was not only leveraged to Guests of the Rutgers Cancer Institute gala were treated to an elegant dining experience with locally grown produce and natural decorations. This year’s event was held on the Rutgers University Cook Campus. Above: Janssen Pharmaceuticals Global Head of Research and Development and Rutgers Cancer Institute founding Director William N. Hait, MD, PhD (center), served as the event’s other co-chair. He is joined by his wife Sung (left) and current Rutgers Cancer Institute Interim Director Bruce Haffty, MD. ensure the success of the event but also the strategic priorities of the Rutgers cancer institute, which include genomic science, immunotherapy, cancer metabolism and cancer disparities. I Linked Together I t was a busy summer on the golf course for a number of entities that share a Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey through a favorite pastime. With the incredible support of the DelGrande and Chiarello families, the 2016 Charity Golf Outing (left) raised approximately $100,000 for leukemia and lymphoma research at Rutgers Cancer Institute, while the annual Westlake Men’s Golf Association raised $21,500 for prostate cancer research. Pictured above are event organizers Larry Vaccarino (left) and John Kline (right) at last year’s check presentation with Rutgers Cancer Institute Urologic Oncology Chief Isaac Yi Kim, MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, whose research benefits from the event. I common goal in supporting the efforts of Autumn 2016 I Cancer Connection I 25