Mattress and Home Furnishings Industries Band Together in Pursuit of A Cure of Pancreatic Cancer Through Research Led by TGen’s Dr. Daniel Von Hoff

Press Release
June 20, 2017
Edited For Style and Length

The Seena Magowitz Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research will hold its 15th annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic in Boston from August 26-28, 2017. The Golf Classic has earned the distinction of being one of the most well-known and influential charity fundraising events that exclusively benefits pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Much more than a golf tournament, the annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic is three days of fun-filled events that will draw several hundred people from across the country to Boston this year. During the events, participants from all walks of life – including medical experts, patients, sponsors, donors and guests – come together with one goal in mind: to quicken the pace of medical research that will ultimately conquer pancreatic cancer. This brutal disease has the worst survival rate of all tumor-type cancers, and has now surpassed breast cancer to become the third leading cause of cancer deaths.

Mattress industry veteran Roger E. Magowitz founded the Seena Magowitz Foundation in honor of his mother, Seena, who lost her battle to pancreatic cancer in 2001. Thanks to sizable donations from both individuals and companies who support the Seena Magowitz Foundation, TGen has been able to make pancreatic cancer research advancements that have shown great promise for tripling the five-year survival rate.

“The greatest gift we can give to warriors who lost a battle to pancreatic cancer is to find a cure for this terrible disease,” Magowitz said. “Until our ultimate mission is attained, we’re bringing an unbridled energy to advancing earlier diagnosis and extending quality of life through improved treatments.”

Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, TGen’s Distinguished Professor and Physician-in-Chief, recently teamed up with HonorHealth in a pilot clinical trial study for pancreatic cancer called the TGen Triple. As a result of the study, they uncovered a nearly 70 percent positive response of tumor shrinkage for patients with advanced late-stage pancreatic cancer. In fact, two participants showed no evidence of a tumor. This pilot clinical trial study was funded in part by The Seena Magowitz Foundation and Mattress Firm.

“There has been a lot of progress recently toward our shared mission of curing pancreatic cancer,” said Dr. Von Hoff. “Not too long ago, one-year survivorship for pancreatic cancer ranged between 9 and 18 percent. I am pleased to say that today, thanks to the support that TGen has received to date, one-year survivorship stands at 65 percent, which also means patients surviving one year now have a better chance of surviving two, three, four, or even five years.”

Building upon the groundswell of enthusiasm for TGen’s biomedical breakthroughs, Ken Murphy, President and CEO of Mattress Firm and Honorary Chair of this year’s Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, has recruited three home furnishings industry leaders to the event’s fundraising network. They include:

  • Derek Miller, Senior Vice President Sales for Serta Simmons Bedding;
  • Joe Lyon, Group Vice President of National Accounts for Leggett & Platt; and
  • Davis Whitworth, Vice President for Merchandising Operations at Mattress Firm.

Momentum is building as new pancreatic cancer donors commit to the cause, and past donors increase their unwavering support for this summer’s Seena Magowitz Golf Classic. Karl Glassman, President and CEO of Leggett & Platt — who previously served as the Golf Classic’s honorary chair and is a member of TGen’s National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer Research — has not only pledged to double his company’s donation, but he also plans to double the personal contribution that he and his wife, Cathi, will make this year.

“With TGen’s Dr. Von Hoff putting the pedal to the metal, we are witnessing some amazing progress against this dreaded disease,” Glassman said. “Now that we are advancing at a more rapid pace toward the light at the end of the tunnel, we are all more incentivized to contribute more funding to help find methods of early diagnosis, extending quality of life, and ultimately a cure.”

15th Annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic

August 26-28, 2017

Venue Headquarters: Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston

Honorary Chair: Ken Murphy, President and CEO of Mattress Firm

Master of Ceremonies: Derrick Hall, President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, Distinguished Professor and Physician-in-Chief, TGen

This 15th Annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic promises a broad array of fun-filled events:

  • Headquartered at the famous Boston Harbor Hotel with incredible views and amenities

  • Boston Red Sox Game and Backyard BBQ at Fenway Park on Saturday, Aug. 26

  • Clambake and Lobster Feast on Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor on Sunday, Aug. 27

  • Gala Discovery Dinner celebrating progress against pancreatic cancer and honoring patients on Sunday, Aug. 27
  • Golf tournament at the historic Wellesley Country Club, one of the most cherished in America, on Monday, Aug. 28

  • Cocktail hours, raffles, live auctions and endless camaraderie and networking

Explore event details and sponsorship opportunities at: www.seenamagowitzfoundation.org/annual-seena-magowitz-golf-classic. Prospective sponsors, participants and dinner attendees may contact: Roger E. Magowitz at 602-524-7636 or roger@seenamagowitzfoundation.org; or Liz McBeth, event director, at 757-773-3622 or liz@seenamagowitzfoundation.org.

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