SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary will honor internationally recognized surgical oncologist Mark B. Faries, MD, with "The Duke" Special Service Award and Institute benefactor Ruth Weil with the inaugural Dr. Donald L. Morton Legend Award at the 31st annual Odyssey Ball, April 9, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The yearly fundraising event benefits the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center and is organized by the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary led by co-chairs Martha Harper, Colleen Pennell, Elizabeth Rawjee and Jessica Royer. The Morgan Leigh Band will provide entertainment for the "cowboys and legends" themed gala and KTLA's weather anchor/reporter Kaj Goldberg will emcee.
Mark B. Faries, MD, director of the Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, director of the Donald L. Morton, MD Melanoma Research Program and director of therapeutic immunology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute supervises clinical trials that include more than 6,000 patients around the world. He is the first surgeon in California to perform minimally invasive inguinal lymph node dissections, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
Philanthropist, active board member and hospital volunteer, Ruth Weil will be honored with the inaugural Dr. Donald L. Morton Legend Award. As a friend and early supporter of Dr. Morton's work, she has raised more than $2 million dollars for the Institute.
Since 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute's programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies.
Established in 1982, the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary is helmed by president Anita Swift, granddaughter of John Wayne. The Auxiliary has raised more than $19 million to fund a wide array of the Institute's programs. Visit www.JWCIgiving.org.
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