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  • Expect Miracles Foundation Children battling cancer tee-off with 400 financial executives at kids golf clinic | Recent News Articles | Press & News
    s top executives together with over 50 kids and their siblings between the ages of 5 to 18 who are courageously battling cancer or are in remission The kids received expert instruction from PGA Professional Jim Tennant and his hand picked junior golf team teaching golf s basic fundamentals such as grip stance and long drive along with energetic and stimulating drills including Velcro man Frisbee golf and the shot of the day Nicholas Manz of Southborough and family pose with Wally the Green Monster Photo courtesy of the Expect Miracles Foundation Red Sox mascot Wally The Green Monster also made an appearance at the clinic and took photos with the kids along with the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies Massachusetts residents Nicholas Manz of Southborough Ryan Harvey of Medway Jordan Leandre of South Dennis Ethan Bairos of Berkley Tara Daniels of Bellingham Michael Sweeman of Norfolk and Trent and Reagan Kelley of Pepperell were among those who had their photos taken with Wally and took part in the Kids Golf Clinic festivities Expect Miracles Foundation s formerly Mutual Funds Against Cancer annual charity golf classic featured over 140 leading top financial firms including State Street Citi J P

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  • Expect Miracles Foundation New Clues to Treat Prostate Cancer | Recent News Articles | Press & News
    get prostate cancer according to the American Cancer Society Roughly 32 000 die of it each year making it the second leading cancer killer of men after lung cancer About 220 000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the U S each year thanks to the widely used PSA tests which can detect the disease in early stages But for a large majority of patients the cancers are slow growing and unlikely to cause symptoms or affect survival Conventional efforts to predict which tumors are likely to progress based in part on looking at tumor cells under a microscope are accurate about 60 to 70 of the time As a result many men undergo aggressive surgery and radiation treatments that provide little benefit some may delay or forgo treatment that would help them Dr DePinho said studies showed 48 men with prostate cancer were treated with either surgery or radiation to prevent one death from the disease He said the new study suggested a test based on the four genes when added to current prediction protocols could improve accuracy to about 90 Charles Sawyers a cancer expert and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York said if it turned out that such a test is 90 accurate it would have a huge impact Many men with a favorable profile might want to monitor the progress of their cancer for a while before deciding to undergo aggressive treatment he said Dr Sawyers who wasn t involved in the research cautioned that such gene signatures had been proposed to predict cancer progression in the past and hadn t panned out He said the genes the new research focuses on appeared to have a functional role in regulating cancer development But more research would

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  • Expect Miracles Foundation Will a cancer spread? Question is a crucial one | Recent News Articles | Press & News
    Nature researchers were searching for a biological marker a signature of genes and proteins that could help them predict what course a cancer would take They started by genetically engineering mice that developed metastatic prostate cancer By studying the mice they were able to identify four genes that play an important role in causing cancer cells to spread Then using the biological markers they discovered in the mice they analyzed samples taken from 400 men who had suffered from prostate cancer Traditional methods for determining whether prostate cancer is aggressive are accurate 60 to 75 percent of the time depending on the skill of the pathologist But DePinho found that combining the traditional method with the new method in the sample he tested the predictions were correct 90 percent of the time The finding needs more testing on patients but outside researchers said it was a promising step forward I think it s a fantastic compelling example of how useful it is to work with mice and mouse models of cancer to inform the way by which we prognosticate and treat cancer said Dr Pier Paolo Pandolfi director of the cancer genetics program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who was not involved in the study He added that the finding will need to be tested in other groups of human patients to ensure it truly is a predictor of how prostate cancer will progress But if the initial result is borne out he said this is exactly what we need in prostate cancer and in all cancers to really know if the tumor presentation is going to be an aggressive one a metastatic one Not knowing which cancers can be expected to be metastatic is an especially difficult problem in prostate cancer DePinho noted that regular screening identifies about

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  • Expect Miracles Foundation Recent News Articles | Press & News | Page 2
    will go on to become an aggressive lethal disease The information could enable doctors and patients to make better decisions after the diagnosis of prostate cancer a disease that is commonly overtreated today researchers said Read more Will a cancer spread Question is a crucial one By Carolyn Y Johnson The Boston Globe Cancer patients and doctors often don t know much about what they are up against a tumor that will spread through the body or one that probably will remain dormant Now Boston scientists have identified four genetic markers that predict whether prostate cancer is the aggressive type The work led by researchers at Dana Farber Cancer Institute is part of a much larger effort to address a major problem in cancer treatment Although screening tests can identify tumors early doctors have limited insight into whether they need to hit the disease right away with aggressive treatment or should watch and wait Read more Industry Goes Electronic to Spread Holiday Cheer Charity By Beagan Wilcox Volz Tis the season for an avalanche of holiday e cards in fund industry employees in boxes While some holdouts still send paper cards firms in the fund industry seem to overwhelmingly prefer the e card when it comes to wishing their clients and business associates happy holidays Some firms Fidelity and American Century among them also tied e cards to charitable giving in 2010 Read more Edward Mason Journal Staff Mutually Beneficial Tired of all the bad news coming out of the mutual fund industry Every day it seems if it s not market timing it s improper gift giving So here s something heartwarming The Mutual Funds Against Cancer golf tournament held on June 2 at the Pinehills Golf Club at Plymouth raised 210 000 for cancer research and treatment at

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  • Expect Miracles Foundation Recent News Articles | Press & News | Page 2
    Against Cancer s annual Wine Spirits Extravaganza an event held in November which attracts over 350 senior financial executives These two programs are the leading financial community based charitable events in New England Mutual Funds Against Cancer MFAC is one of the leading advocates in the fight against cancer within the mutual fund and financial industries Founded in 1995 MFAC s mission is to proactively help find a cure for cancer by raising funds and awareness through event based programs and charitable donations MFAC s most renowned events are its annual Expect Miracles Golf Classic and The Wine Spirits Extravaganza The MFAC organization expects miracles and believes it is this generation s responsibility to eradicate cancer the second leading cause of death in the United States Industry Firms Enlisting in Battle Against Cancer By Lisa Lacy The fund industry s participation in the fight against cancer has taken many forms this year ranging from fund raising and special events to seminars among other events Several industry firms are pitching in to do their part Both on an individual employee level and corporation wide MassMutual American Century SalesPage Technologies State Street Investors Bank Trust JPMorganChase Beacon Consulting Group and Mutual Funds Against Cancer among many others have enlisted to battle the disease in some form or another In recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month MassMutual is combining seminars for women with its fundraising efforts The firm says it is working to raise awareness and to provide a minimum donation of 100 000 to local research detection and treatment programs to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month MassMutual s U S Insurance Group will make charitable contributions of up to 3 000 to local cancer organizations in the name of each agency that conducts its Pearls of Wisdom financial educational seminar in October The firm s Pearls of Wisdom seminar is an interactive video based seminar that includes women telling stories about how their financial lives are impacting their personal lives MassMutual says it is encouraging agents to present these seminars in their communities to raise awareness of financial preparedness especially when it comes to breast cancer and other unexpected life events An estimated 200 to 250 agents representing MassMutual s more than 80 agencies are expected to participate We re on the hook for about 250 000 says Susan Sweetser second vice president of MassMutual s Specialized Markets division In addition the firm sponsored the Danskin Women s Triathlon which donates 10 of entry fees to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation In conjunction with that sponsorship MassMutual made donations to the Foundation on behalf of triathlon participants who attended MassMutual s Pearls of Wisdom seminar On another front an industry executive has established Mutual Funds Against Cancer or MFAC MFAC is an advocate in the fight against cancer within New England s mutual fund and financial industry that hosts several events throughout the year The organization s mission is to proactively find a cure for cancer by raising

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  • Expect Miracles Foundation Recent News Articles | Press & News | Page 3
    MFAC is an advocate in the fight against cancer within New England s mutual fund and financial industry that hosts several events throughout the year The organization s mission is to proactively find a cure for cancer by raising funds and awareness through event based programs and charitable donations For instance in November it will hold its Third Annual Expect Miracles Wine Spirit Extravaganza in Boston Founded in 1995 as a grassroots family and friends group MFAC has raised 1 2 million to date What started with a golf tournament has since expanded to include the Wine Extravaganza as well as the First Annual State Street 5K Challenge at the Nicsa Technology Summit next month Proceeds raised by the organization benefit The Jimmy Fund the fund raising arm of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Dana Farber provides care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the diagnosis treatment cure and prevention of cancer and related diseases As a former CFO and treasurer of The CGM Funds founder and chairman Frank Strauss says he felt in a position to rally some industry folks around me and get something going and I never dreamed it would grow to this point Strauss is now principal of the Beacon Consulting Group MFAC s board consists of approximately 25 executives from State Street Investors Bank Trust and JPMorgan Chase Last month customer relationship management or CRM software company SalesPage Technologies made a more indirect contribution to the cause It donated software and support to MFAC MFAC will implement the SalesPage CRM offering to streamline fundraising and awareness efforts as well as to leverage its growing list of data and contacts Michael Pessetti vice president of sales and marketing for SalesPage says SalesPage is providing the hardware software and infrastructure in order to help MFAC keep track of donors and sponsors as well as planning and communication around events such as marketing to potential participants We recognize they re a virtual organization and they don t have a lot of staff or even a physical office location Pessetti says We felt we could do something effective For its part American Century has struck up a partnership with a celebrity spokesman and launched a new brand and advertising campaign to raise awareness and support for cancer Via a campaign featuring Lance Armstrong and the catchphrase Put Your Lance Face On the firm is encouraging investors to tackle investment decisions with determination and focus Company spokesman Chris Doyle says the firm rebranded target date funds and asset allocation funds under the Livestrong moniker In addition American Century has made a financial commitment to the Lance Armstrong Foundation which is devoted to raising cancer awareness Doyle says there is a minimum level of commitment and that if the funds prove to be more popular the amount of commitment can go up Like Armstrong American Century s founder Jim Stowers Jr is a cancer survivor Also like Armstrong Stowers is using his position to help fight the disease He

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  • Expect Miracles Foundation Recent News Articles | Press & News | Page 4
    Those are not bad returns Mr Strauss said Through its golf tournament and other fundraising events throughout the year Mutual Funds Against Cancer raised 570 000 last year up from 360 000 in 2006 225 000 in 2005 and 156 000 a year earlier MAKING A STATEMENT The organization has impact said Ken Starr vice president of interactive data pricing and reference data at Interactive Data Corp of Bedford Mass and foundation sponsor for 2008 and 2009 It s the mutual fund industry making a statement to a challenge cancer research It is important to a lot of people he said Interactive Data has made the group one of its preferred charities and is sponsoring the golf event to build awareness about the organization and to generate donations It s an important organization to the industry we work in said Doug Miller executive vice president at State Street Corp of Boston We have an opportunity to be leaders and to attract firms to this organization It s a tremendous cause said Jeff Masom managing director of institutional services at Legg Mason Inc of Baltimore It s a great opportunity for us to partner up with some of our competitors and our clients to support this great cause A 20 year veteran of the financial services industry Mr Strauss was chief investment officer at The CGM Funds of Boston when he started the organization His mother had been diagnosed with leukemia and he saw a lot of children in the hospital when I visited my mom She won her battle against cancer It all came together The first friends and family golf tournament attracted 40 players who raised 6 000 The banquet was me flipping burgers on my back deck Mr Strauss said Mutual Funds Against Cancer which receives donations from

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  • Expect Miracles Foundation Recent News Articles | Press & News | Page 4
    20 year veteran of the financial services industry Mr Strauss was chief investment officer at The CGM Funds of Boston when he started the organization His mother had been diagnosed with leukemia and he saw a lot of children in the hospital when I visited my mom She won her battle against cancer It all came together The first friends and family golf tournament attracted 40 players who raised 6 000 The banquet was me flipping burgers on my back deck Mr Strauss said Mutual Funds Against Cancer which receives donations from more than 100 financial firms most of them mutual funds has funded several research programs said Nancy Rowe director of the Jimmy Fund Golf Program at Dana Farber The money was unrestricted and is used wherever it was needed she said For the past two years donations have been directed to Dana Farber s Center for Applied Cancer Science which researches some of the most challenging cancers such as melanoma multiple myeloma and colon pancreatic brain and lung cancer Mr Strauss said They are doing some very cutting edge research in the field of the major cancers Ms Rowe said There are breakthroughs that will happen because of the MFAC support It s going to have a huge impact Good Works Companies Giving Back to the Community Download PDF MFAC Little Papi Pitch for the Cure MFAC was proud and honored on June 26 at Fenway Park when founder and chairman Frank Strauss accompanied 5 year old cancer patient Luciano Little Papi Quagliaroli for the opening pitch Luciano s Fight At four years old Luciano had what any parent would assume was just a bump on the head Their family practitioner and the specialist agreed the bump was merely a fatty cyst but to be certain the specialist recommended surgery to remove it In the two weeks leading up to the surgery the bump had grown to 1 3 the size of a golf ball The surgeon found the lump to be larger than was expected and after running tests discovered that the lump was not a cyst A week later Luciano s parents returned to the doctor s office only to learn that Luciano was diagnosed with Leukemia Luciano s family had decisions to make Looking to their faith and with the support and prayers of family and friends they were able to sort through the sad and difficult time and make the choices that would give their son a fighting chance to overcome Leukemia Up rooting their lives they moved from Florida to Boston in effort to give Luciano the best care in the country Children s Hospital Boston and the Dana Farber Institute worked together to map out a treatment plan for Luciano which would span a minimum of 25 months On the day following his first day of treatment his parents recall Luciano rocking out to the Who s Love reign over me It was clear that his battle against Leukemia was one that

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