On Sunday, October 6th, Dr. Chris Corless attended the 2013 GIST Cancer Research Fund New York Walk for the Cure. Despite the damp weather, there were plenty of attendees and Dr. Corless was pleased to have the opportunity to catch up with many friends. All of the funds raised from these events go directly to GIST research with the hope of finding a cure.
Additionally, Dr. Michael Heinrich participated in the GCRF Walk for the Cure in San Jose, California, on October 20th. This annual fundraising event was originally organized by Irene Wing and it is in her memory that the participants gathered in an effort to eradicate this devastating disease.
Dr. Heinrich with this year’s San Jose Walk for the Cure organizer, Liz Chew.
GIST patient Rich Klein speaking to the walk attendees in San Jose.
On Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, we enthusiastically reunited with patients and supporters of the GIST Cancer Research Fund for our Annual GIST Breakfast meeting at OHSU. Dr. Heinrich, Dr. Corless, and our lab personnel look forward to this gathering every year, as it gives us a chance to see familiar faces and share the excitement of our latest GIST research efforts. This year, the GCRF presented us with an incredibly generous donation of $125,000. We feel honored to be included among the beneficiaries of their tireless fundraising efforts and, with their outstanding support, we can continue to strive to find a cure for GIST cancer.
On December 14th, we gathered once again at Old Town Pizza for our annual Holiday Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange. We all look forward to this opportunity to catch up, share a few laughs, eat some good food, and celebrate together. The White Elephant Exchange is a fun chance to display our humorous spirit of giving.
This year, we also introduced an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and the competition was fierce. After a measure of applause, the esteemed winners collected their prizes. Thanks to everyone who participated and congrats to the prize winners, Lindsay Chandler and Marina Pukay! Finally, everyone posed outside for a group photo.
Happy Holidays from the Heinrich-Corless staff!
This is a bit overdue, but we wanted to recognize the awesome fundraising efforts of the GIST Cancer Research Fund, as Diana Griffith represented our lab for their annual Walk For A Cure in San Jose last fall. Without the generous support of GCRF donations from multiple fundraising Walks and other outstanding efforts, we would not be able to continue to research this horrible disease. Many thanks to Diana, who did an amazing job documenting the walk, supporting the cause, and speaking on behalf of the lab at this event.
On June 7th, 2012, Baby Kaylie Mae McKinley was born. She weighed 10 lbs, 4 oz, and was 22 inches long. We are so excited to welcome her to the world! Congratulations, McKinleys!
We would like to introduce our newest graduate student, Lilli Welch. Lilli is a graduate student in the Cancer Biology Program at OHSU and studies autophagy in GIST cells in the lab. We want to congratulate Lilli, as she recently won the prestigious, 3-year ARCS Foundation Scholar Award. Way to go, Lilli!
This summer, we are grateful to have some additional help in the lab, thanks to our two, new summer students, Lauren Heinrich and Matt Sarver. Lauren and Matt are both seniors at Lake Oswego High School and plan to pursue undergraduate degrees in science or medicine. We thank you both for your enthusiastic help and look forward to sharing a summer of mad science fun!