On October 7, the Board of the Amador Cancer Research Foundation presented a $100K check to Dr. Primo Lara, Director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The donation provides funding for the Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Fund Grant, which is awarded annually to a promising researcher at the Cancer Center. It was the largest donation made since the Landgraf Fund was first established in 1974 and members of the Cancer Center, the ACRF, the Landgraf family and the Cooper family, were present to recognize the milestone.
The ACRF board fundraises for the Landgraf Grant and the Cancer Center leadership chooses a recipient. Past grants have funded research into cancers of the breast, colon, pancreas, lung, etc. as well as lymphomas and palliative care. A complete list of past recipients can be viewed at thespaghettiwestern.org.
The Spaghetti Western at Cooper Vineyards is the primary fundraising activity of the ACRF and has become a summer favorite for many people. The success of the event is entirely due to the generosity of the community: the volunteers, the donors, the attendees all make the event great and make this donation, the largest in the history of the fund, possible.
The ACRF is committed to increasing the impact of the community efforts and is creating an endowed chair at the Cancer Center. $3.5 has been committed by Amador residents through estate planning and living trusts. The effort recognizes that the UC Davis Cancer Center is the closest regional federally designated cancer center to Amador County and many Amador residents have received treatment and support at the UC Davis Cancer Center. The chair will be named the Amador Cancer Research Foundation Endowed Chair to recognize the relationship between Amador County and the UC Davis Cancer Center.
The ACRF Board is grateful for the support of the community and for the extraordinary work being done by researchers and physicians at the UC Davis Cancer Center. We will continue to work with the community to make a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families.