Difference Olympic Caliber Heroes Making A Another successful LIFE Event by the Val Skinner Foundation this past June has resulted in $400,000 being raised for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and associated programs. This includes patient services at the Skinner, a longtime LPGA pro who now plays the Legends Tour and is the driving force behind the creation of Rutgers Cancer Institute’s LIFE Center, which is dedicated to education and the needs of young women with breast cancer. Skinner was joined this year by fellow LPGA I P I eVeNT P HOTOGR AP Hy Ny players – including eight 2016 Olympians. Olympic gold-medal winning ice skater and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton was named a LIFe Hero alongside Kriss Fierro, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at age 34 and recognized at the event for her tireless efforts in support of For(e) Prostate Cancer LIFE Hero Kriss Fierro (above, second from left) with LPGA notables (from left) Gaby Lopez, Alejandra Llaneza and Val Skinner. T his past spring, the Westlake Men’s Golf Association held its 13th annual golf outing to benefit Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and raised a record $24,600. Proceeds from the event support prostate cancer research by Isaac Yi Kim, MD, PhD, chief of urologic oncology at Rutgers Cancer Institute. Dr. Kim (center), who is also an associate professor of surgery at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is pictured with event organizers Larry Vaccarino (left) and John Kline (right). I LIFE (LPGA pros In the Fight to Eradicate breast cancer) Center; the Gene Express Project as part of the Val Skinner Foundation’s support of precision medicine research; and the MARSH Grant for Life that supports triple-negative breast cancer research. In addition, the Foundation awarded the final installment of its $750,000 commitment to support the Decoding Cancer platform that launched in coordination with Discovery education – a platform that incorporates a high school cancer biology curriculum developed by faculty at Rutgers Cancer Institute and Rutgers School of Public Health. The 18th annual LIFe event featured 26 I Cancer Connection I Summer 2017