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SMPS San Diego Donates $8,000 to Hope for a Cure Foundation

Hope for a Cure Foundation Board of Directors (L-R) Matt Liedle, Olga Bastiaannet, Maryjo Highland, and Renae Farley

By Olga Bastiaannet, Associate Principal, Randall Lamb Associates, Inc.

On August 24, 2017, SMPS San Diego’s Charity Partner, Hope for a Cure Foundation, received their check in the amount of $8,000 at the Member Appreciation end of year party at Fireside Patio, located in Liberty Station. The check represented partial proceeds from SMPS San Diego’s very successful Golf Tournament that took place in June.

Hope for a Cure Foundation (HFAC) is a small, local organization whose mission is to passionately advocate for San Diego area researchers/physicians who need extra equipment to adequately conduct their cancer research. Since 2004, they have donated over 17 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment for influential researchers at UCSD Medical Center, Salk Institute, Burnham Institute and Sidney Kimmel Institute, among others. HFAC purchases the equipment directly from the manufacturers.

SMPS San Diego’s 2017 donation benefitted Dr. Jason K. Sicklick, a physician, researcher, and professor at UCSD Medical Center, who needed a benchtop instrument for his clinical lab. The “Dissociator” equipment separates tissues into single-cell suspensions for his clinical research on gastrointestinal and liver cancers. The equipment will benefit other UCSD labs as well.

HFAC is unique in that all of the money raised goes directly to the equipment purchases. The Board is made up of volunteers who all have busy careers in various industries. SMPS San Diego is proud to support such a worthy cause.

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