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Gala to raise funds for phase 1 cancer trials unit

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Phase 1 clinical trials are crucial in furthering the understanding of how cancers behave, grow and respond to potential treatments. The NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine has a large focus on developing and enrolling patients in phase 1 clinical trials, which would not be possible without the tireless work done by cancer researchers at Baylor or the endless support of its partners. In an effort to fund an adult Phase 1 Clinical Trial Unit, the annual Partnership Gala will benefit the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and honor the work and career of its director, Dr. C Kent Osborne.

“A formal Phase I program is a major priority in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center strategic plan, making the Partnership’s support incredibly valuable to the Cancer Center,” Osborne said. “One of the huge strengths of our Cancer Center is the ability to move research from bench to bedside, with researchers and physicians working together to develop groundbreaking cancer therapies and treatments.”

Osborne explains that Phase I clinical trials, or trials in which a brand new drug is first given to a human, are the initial steps in bringing novel treatments to the clinical setting. Such studies are restricted to a few centers of excellence possessing the knowledge, experience and dedicated team to focus on this kind of research, where patients can be closely monitored.

The Partnership for Baylor was formed in 2002 and is the College’s largest volunteer organization committed to civic and philanthropic support. This year’s gala, themed Café Society Soiree, will be held April 7 at the Briar Club. Chaired by Cora Sue and Harry Mach, the evening will feature dinner, dancing and entertainment with a Jazz Age twist.

“We are thrilled to be supporting the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center this year, and, as a breast cancer survivor, this cause is very near and dear to my heart,” said Cora Sue Mach. “The Gala gives us an opportunity to celebrate the work of Baylor and one of its most accomplished physicians, while making a difference in cancer research.”

“Dr. Osborne has been the driving force behind the Cancer Center’s inspiring growth and success over the last 10 years, and if we can help fund a new Phase 1 Clinical Trial Unit, we have the potential to impact the lives of cancer patients across the country,” said Harry Mach.

Emceeing Café Society Soiree, a Richard Flowers production, is Lisa Malosky, a writer, producer and trailblazing television host and anchor. She currently works with Don Friedell as CEO of Lisa Malosky Productions creating original videos for clients across the globe.

“The Partnership is a terrific organization, fostering philanthropy, involvement and contributions from members of the community we serve,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean at Baylor. “The annual gala hosted by The Partnership provides a high level of support for our programs, and we are grateful for the members’ continued dedication to the College.”

For more information regarding tickets or sponsorships for the event, contact Abby Platt at or 713-798-3808. Space is limited.

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