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The Jeffrey M. Zgonina Foundation

Jeffrey Zgonina

Dear Friends,

My father passed away in September 2000 from pancreatic cancer. Shortly after his death, I began the steps necessary to establish the Jeffrey M. Zgonina Foundation through which I could raise funds and ultimately help find a cure for this terrible disease.

Cancer of the pancreas is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This year approximately 28,000 Americans will die from cancer of the pancreas. The disease is not only common, but it is also extremely difficult to treat. For these and other reasons, cancer of the pancreas has been called "the challenge of the twenty-first century."

I learned of work being done at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and of their research program devoted solely to the study of pancreas cancer. My family and I visited the university in May 2001, toured their facilities, and met with their staff of doctors and scientists. We were impressed by the research being conducted at Johns Hopkins and returned home eager to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

Our hopes and ambitions became a reality on Sunday June 30, 2002 when we hosted a dinner / auction at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Center in Hoffman Estates, IL. Close to 250 friends and family attended, and as you can see from the pictures of the event, a great time was had by all. The proceeds from this event will be used to start a pancreatic cancer research endowment at Johns Hopkins in honor of my father, and they will also be used to help start a new pancreatic cancer research lab at Hopkins. A talented young physician-scientist, Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, M.D., Ph.D., will head this exciting new lab.

We thank those of you who made our fundraiser so successful.