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Benefit targets pancreatic cancer

Wings of Hope partners with CU center


Former Castle Pines Mayor Maureen Shul has seen the devastation of pancreatic cancer firsthand.

In 2009, Shul lost her mother and brother to pancreatic cancer within months of one another.

Shul said losing her loved ones to cancer dramatically changed her life and priorities and led her to found Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research in 2012, a nonprofit that raises awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

“Pancreatic cancer came out of nowhere and took two of my family members and I just knew that I had to do something to raise awareness,” Shul said.

In February 2013, the University of Colorado Cancer Center entered into a formal partnership with Wings of Hope, with both entities combining efforts to have the cancer center become the regional hub and national destination for pancreatic cancer research.

“Most people have no idea that we have the top physicians and researchers working on treatments right here in our backyard,” Shul said. “The doctors that we're partnering with at CU are leading the way on pancreatic cancer research.”

After last year's benefit, Wings of Hope presented $45,000 to the CU Cancer Center for pancreatic cancer research, which has already translated into patient care.

Shul said she hopes to raise an additional $25,000 each year and is aiming to bring in $75,000 to $80,000 this year.

This year's event will be held Oct. 30 at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria Street in Parker, and will feature as keynote speaker Eric Alexander, recounting his historic climb to the top of Mount Everest while guiding his blind friend, Erik Weihenmayer.

Tickets for the event cost $100 for an individual, $5,000 to be a Gold Sponsor (provides reserved seating for 20, logo on all ads, program and on IMAX screen before and after program), $2,000 to be a Silver Sponsor (provides reserved seating for 10, logo on program, logo on IMAX screen before and after program) and $1,000 to be a Bronze Sponsor (provides reserved seating for six, logo on program, logo on IMAX screen before and after program.)

The event begins at 6 p.m. and there will be cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and live and silent auctions.

“We hope that we'll be able to continue to raise the funds needed to attract the best and brightest in pancreatic cancer research,” Shul said.

For more information, contact Shul at 720-733-0491 or email info@wingsofhopepcr.org.


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