Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research


This year's UCHS GI Oncology Retreat, attended by University of Colorado Cancer Center and University of Colorado Health physicians, nurses, staff and specialists, provided the latest information on research and treatment of pancreatic cancer. For more information on what was discussed at the retreat, click on NEWS.

Mark Kochevar and Maureen Shul

Dr. Tom Purcell, Associate Director for Clinical Services and Executive Medical Director of Oncology Services at UCCC and WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul.

Calvin Henry Bowker, Jr.

Calvin Henry Bowker, Jr.

November 18, 2014

It is with deep heartbreak we share the passing of Calvin Henry Bowker, Jr., brother of Wings of Hope board member Kathryn Haber, from pancreatic cancer. At the October 30th Wings of Hope benefit, Kathryn eloquently shared with the audience losing her father to pancreatic cancer and her brother's courageous battle against the same disease.

Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Kathryn and all her family at this difficult time, along with our resolve to keep raising the awareness and funding for the pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, so that one day soon we will have early diagnostic methods, more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for this relentless disease.

To support this effort in memory of Cal Henry Bowker, Jr., and all those taken from us by pancreatic cancer, please click the DONATE button at the bottom of this page.

11/05/14 - Fleurish – ‘An Evening With Wings of Hope’

Event raises awareness and funding for research on pancreatic cancer

By Glory Weisberg - The Villager

Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research had a wildly successful benefit at The Wildlife Experience, drawing nearly 300 supporters.

Little did we know before that evening, that “in terms of scientific research, pancreatic cancer is where breast cancer research was in the 1930s,” their material stated.

That’s quite a shocking statement and it anchors the effort to make the University of Colorado Cancer center a “national leading academic pancreatic cancer research program” and Maureen Shul is their champion.

Shul founded Wings of Hope less than three years ago in honor of her mother and brother who both died of the deadly disease. Yes, deadly for the most part, as the Wings Of Hope trifold notes that only two out of 10 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive longer than one year and fewer than 6 percent are still alive after five years. That’s been the situation for the past 40 years.

Many people in the community fondly remember Georgia Imhoff whose life was cut short due to pancreatic cancer. Now daughter Stacy Ohlsson is on the Wings board, a strong presence, the face of the Imhoff-Ohlsson Foundation. Family friend, Betsy Hogan, was right there by Stacy’s side.

Now about Shul. She is founding mayor of the City of Castle Pines. She is a brokerage firm CEO and she finds time to also volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association as a support group leader for caregivers. Shul noted that researchers spend too much time raising money, drawing time away from their research labs. Last year’s Wings of Hope raised $45,000 and with the National Institutes of Health reportedly dealing with a decreasing budget, the need is dramatic. Shul just established the first endowment in pancreatic cancer research at the CU Cancer Center, and this year’s event likely added a financial infusion to that effort.

Dr. Colin Weekes is director of the Pancreas Medical Oncology Program at the CU School of Medicine and his magnetic words commanded attention. So did some survivors who addressed those in the IMAX-like Wildlife Theater. Out came the tissues for wiping teary eyes many fought.

Then, so motivated, Gary Corbett in his black leather auctioneer outfit, went rapidly through a live auction and paddle raiser and up went arms holding auction numbers.

Among those in that theater were local luminaries such as Centennial Airport CEO Robert Olislagers, Deputy Attorney General at the Colorado Department of Law Bernie Buescher, Littleton Mayor Phil Cernanec and John Brackney. Attorney Cindy Treadwell and Scott Richardson were mingling among those enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Eric Alexander presented his program on “Summiting Mt. Everest” showing video and slides of him hiking with a blind friend and former combat members of the U.S. military.

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Mark Kochevar and Maureen Shul

Maureen Shul and Dr. Colin Weekes

Mark Kochevar and Maureen Shul

Centennial Airport Executive Director Robert Olislagers and Jeff Poe. Photos by Glory Weisberg

Mark Kochevar and Maureen Shul

Stacy Ohlsson and Gary Corbett

Mark Kochevar and Maureen Shul

Brian Olson, Cathy Schwartz, John Brackney, Sue Kenfield and Phil Cernanec

8/04/14 - WINGS OF HOPE board members (L to R) Dr. Colin Weekes, Stacy Ohlsson, Maureen Shul, Paula Sandoval and Melanie Avner met recently to discuss which University of Colorado Cancer Center pancreatic cancer research program this year's fundraising donations will go to. The decision and presentation of funds will be made later this year.

Dr. Colin Weekes, Stacy Ohlsson, Maureen Shul, Paula Sandoval and Melanie Avner

8/2013 - WINGS OF HOPE presents $45,000 donation for pancreatic cancer research to the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

The July 26th presentation, attended by board members and supporters of WINGS OF HOPE, as well as UCCC staff, included Dr. Colin Weekes providing an update on the latest developments in pancreatic cancer research. The WINGS OF HOPE donation will be used to support a human-patient derived xenograft model to help determine the genetic characteristics of a patient's tumor and to develop molecular-based therapeutic strategies encompassing biomarker development.

WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul expressed gratitude to all those who made the donation possible through their generous support of the foundation and made it known that plans are underway for upcoming events.

For more pictures, click on NEWS.

Mark Kochevar and Maureen Shul

University of Colorado Cancer Center Administrator Mark Kochevar accepting $45,000 donation from Maureen Shul

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WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH was formed in February 2012 by Maureen A. Shul after losing her mother and brother within months of one another to pancreatic cancer. The non-profit foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding for the ongoing research, clinical trials and treatment of pancreatic cancer patients at the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

The Shul Family

The Shul Family

Pancreatic cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, pancreatic cancer is the only one with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just 6 percent. This survival rate has not changed in the last 40 years.

By 2020 it is anticipated pancreatic cancer will rise from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. (based on projected changes in U.S. population demographics and incidence of death rates).

With no early detection tools, effective treatments or adequate funding for research, the rapidly rising threat of pancreatic cancer urgently demands an increase in awareness and research funding.


Founded out of grief, driven by purpose and in pursuit of making a difference, WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH is dedicated to
  - Accelerating the research
  - Providing the most advanced treatments
  - Finding the cure

CU Med Center doctors

Thomas Purcell, MD, MBA, University of Colorado Cancer Center


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