Nearly $650,000 Raised at 20th Anniversary Cancer Walk & Run!

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A lot of excitement and a common goal were in the air as more than 7,000 people came together on the University Campus on Sunday, September 30 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary UMass Memorial Cancer Walk & Run. This year’s event has raised nearly $650,000 to date, and there is still time to participate. More than $12 million has been raised since the walk’s inception. Cancer Walk proceeds support adult and pediatric cancer research and care, clinical trials of new potentially lifesaving cancer therapies, and the development of a nationally accredited, interdisciplinary fellowship program in palliative care at our Medical School. Many thanks to the walkers, runners, volunteers, organizers, individual and business supporters, and others whose commitment to the community made this year’s walk such as big success. Visit our Cancer Walk Facebook page to see additional photos from the event. Read the UMass Med Now story.

Your United Way Dollars at Work!

Pictured from left: Bob Gordon, transportation services, delivered school supplies for 117 students to Steve Alzamora, principal at the Dr. James A Caradonio New Citizen’s Center. Flags in the school’s cafeteria represent every country that has a student attending the school.

Last month, Bob Gordon from transportation services made a special trip to the Dr. James A. Caradonio New Citizen’s Center on Main Street in Worcester to deliver school supplies purchased with caregivers’ contributions to our United Way Summer Strong and Beyond campaign. Bob arrived bearing colored-tab subject dividers, zipper pouches, pens, pencils, filler paper, highlighters and spiral notebooks for 117 students! The school serves new immigrant residents of Worcester preparing to enter Worcester public schools. It offers a number of special academic programs including Advancement Via Individual Determination – a program that trains educators to help children overcome obstacles and achieve success. Thank you to all who participated in the United Way employee campaign and the Summer Strong and Beyond initiative. You are truly changing lives!

Simply Well: Is 3D Mammography Right for Everyone?

Finding breast cancer at its earliest stage gives you the best chance for a cure. And mammography has long been the gold standard when it comes to screening and early detection of breast lumps long before they can be felt. Three-dimensional (3D) mammography – or breast tomosynthesis – is a revolutionary tool in the fight against breast cancer with its ability to capture even more detailed breast images than traditional two-dimensional (2D) mammograms. However, 2D mammography is still an appropriate option for some women. In this issue of Simply Well, Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, director of breast imaging, helps explain which type of mammography is right for you.

Attend ‘The Potential of Comics in Science Communication’ Presentation

Matteo Farinella, PhD

Matteo Farinella, PhD, from Columbia University will present, “The Potential of Comics in Science Communication,” Thursday, October 18, f2:30 to 3:30 pm, in the Lazare Auditorium (S1-607) on the University Campus. The presentation coincides with the Lamar Soutter Library hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn,” on display through October 20Dr. Farinella’s talk will focus on the use of comics and visual narratives in science and medical communication to the broader public. Learn more.

Don’t Be the Victim of a Ransomware Attack: Take the EL4U Course

As part of our continuing security awareness program, Privacy and Information Security is providing access via E-Learning 4U (EL4U) to Wombat Security Awareness Training. This month’s topic is “Organization Protecting Against Ransomware.” Take the course to learn about ransomware – a significant and rising threat across all markets, including health care – as well as how to recognize and prevent ransomware attacks. The best practices learned will also be applicable to fight other types of phishing and malware threats. To register for the course, log onto EL4U and use “wombat” as a search word in the catalog tab.

Notary Public and Justice of the Peace List Update

Are you a notary public or justice of the peace who would like to be included on the OurNet list of notary and justice of the peace caregivers? We are in the process of updating the list and welcome new additions. Simply send your name, department, phone number and office location to Rebecca Groccia. Already on the list? Now is a good time to check your contact information and send corrections if needed. See the list if you are a caregiver in need of the services of a notary public or justice of the peace.