“Incredible work is happening right here, right now. And we are all a part of it.”
- Kim Christiansen, 9News co-anchor
On October 12, over 150 supporters attended Libations for Life, an annual event sponsored by the CU Cancer Center to benefit women’s cancer research. This event brings together women and men from around the Denver metro area for an evening of signature cocktails, a silent auction and paddle raising. Bartenders and mixologists from El Jefe, Beast and Bottle, Bar Helix, Breakthru Beverage and Bar Fausto created signature cocktails specifically for the event. This year, the CU Cancer Center’s community of supporters gave over $60,000.
Director of the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Translational Program Virginia Borges, MD, spoke about the importance of private support for research. “Every dollar raised this evening stays in our community, but also has an impact on the global fight against cancer,” said Dr. Borges. For the past seven years, this event has raised money for some of the best and brightest minds at the CU Cancer Center. Much of the funding from this event fuels the work of junior faculty, working to further research endeavors in their early careers.
Sarah Chase-McRorie, the evening’s key note speaker, talked about her diagnosis with cancer at age 34. “I had just finished breast feeding my daughter, Sloan, she was nearly a year old at the time. Shortly after, I noticed a lump in my armpit at work.” After consulting her doctor, Sarah was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. Sarah said, “It turned my world upside down, and now I’m committed to making sure my daughter doesn’t have to worry about young women’s breast cancer.” Today, Sarah is cancer free and was able to have a second child.
This year’s funding will support Kian Behbakht, MD, Elizabeth Wellberg, PhD, and Carol Sartorius, PhD. Dr. Behbakht focuses on identifying new therapeutic targets for ovarian cancer. Drs. Wellberg and Sartorius are targeting obesity in women’s cancer with a focus on the links between obesity and breast cancer.
Sponsors for the event included:
- Sherman & Howard
- The Regis Foundation for Brest Cancer Research
- Broadridge Financial Solutions
- Photography by Lynn Clark
- Infinite Monkey
- Breakthru Beverage