Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research

MARCH 2017

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS DONOR DINNER

Dr. Wells Messersmith, Maureen Shul and Stephanie Ludwig

Dr. Wells Messersmith, Maureen Shul and Stephanie Ludwig

WINGS OF HOPE was honored to be part of the 10th Annual Donor Recognition Dinner for the University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The Seawell Grand Ballroom was the site for University of Colorado supporters gathered to celebrate the impact and advancements made through the generous investments and donations by so many. Every donation received by WINGS OF HOPE is part of this grand investment, specifically to fund pancreatic cancer research at the CU Cancer Center. "Every dollar received by WINGS OF HOPE goes directly to the pancreatic cancer research taking place at the CU Cancer Center - Anschutz Medical Campus, and we are grateful to each and every supporter of this effort," stated WINGS OF HOPE founder and CEO Maureen Shul.

Ice sculpture commemorating 10th Anniversary Donor Dinner

Ice sculpture commemorating 10th Anniversary Donor Dinner

CU President Bruce and Marcy Benson

CU President Bruce and Marcy Benson

Brie Aguila and Jerry Sinning with CU Office of Advancement

Brie Aguila and Jerry Sinning, CU Office of Advancement

MARCH 2017

PEDALING FOR PAUL

Paul Ludwig

Paul Ludwig

On Sunday, March 5th, a sold out crowd at CycleBar in Littleton, Colorado gathered and cycled their hearts out to raise awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research. The event was held in memory of Paul Ludwig, whose fight with pancreatic cancer ended in December 2016.

On what would have been Paul's 58th birthday, a crowd of family, friends, neighbors and cyclists put their energy in action to make a difference in the fight against pancreatic cancer. As WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul shared with the crowd, every dollar raised from the event matters greatly and goes directly to pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

WINGS OF HOPE is grateful for the partnership with PEDALING FOR PAUL, a non profit organization supporting pancreatic cancer research through an annual bike ride in Paul Ludwig's memory, and thanks everyone who participated in this special event.

Cyclists gather and ride in Paul Ludwig's memory to raise funding for pancreatic cancer research

Cyclists gather and ride in Paul Ludwig's memory
to raise funding for pancreatic cancer research

Maureen Shul and Stefanie Ludwig

Maureen Shul and Stefanie Ludwig

Stephanie Ludwig with her Mother and friends

Stephanie Ludwig with her Mother and friends

JANUARY 2017

WASHINGTON PARK CHIROPRACTIC RAISES $29,000 FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH

WINGS OF HOPE thanks Washington Park Chiropractic for their donation of $29,000 raised at last year's Kingsbury Open, an annual golf tournament held to raise awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. WINGS OF HOPE is proud to partner with Washington Park Chiropractic on the Kingsbury Open, a wildly successful event that sells out quickly.

WASHINGTON PARK CHIROPRACTIC fundraiser 1Check presentation ceremony; from left: Dr. Colin Weekes, Dr. Wells Messersmith, Mark Kochevar, Maureen Shul, Kelsey Schwab, Dr. Jace Buzek, Dr. Lisa Goodman and Joe Goodman.

WASHINGTON PARK CHIROPRACTIC fundraiser 2Dr. Colin Weekes giving Washington Park Chiropractic staff tour of research lab.

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2016

DAVID YURMAN at Cherry Creek hosts Special Event to benefit WINGS OF HOPE

WINGS OF HOPE thanks David Yurman in Cherry Creek for their partnership in helping raise awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. David Yurman was one of the main sponsors of last June's WINGS OF HOPE event featuring teenage cancer researcher Jack Andraka, and in October held a private special event at their store in Cherry Creek to benefit WINGS OF HOPE. Special thanks to General Manager Tori Sailor, Josh Miller and the exemplary associates at David Yurman in Cherry Creek for their partnership and support of this effort.

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WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul, Judy and Rick Kleiner

WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul, Judy and Rick Kleiner

Wings of Hope David Yurman Event 2016


Josh Miller, Debbie and Chip Coppola

Josh Miller, Debbie and Chip Coppola

Wings of Hope David Yurman Event 2016


Wings of Hope David Yurman Event 2016


Wings of Hope David Yurman Event 2016


General Manager Tori Sailor, Maureen Shul, Dr. Wells Messersmith

General Manager Tori Sailor, Maureen Shul, Dr. Wells Messersmith

Wings of Hope David Yurman Event 2016

NOVEMBER 2016

In November, a CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND HOPE was held in Stoneham, Massachusetts in remembrance of Cal Sr., Cal Jr., Debbie and Betty Bowker. The Bowker Family lost Cal Sr., Cal Jr. and Betty to pancreatic cancer, and Debbie to breast cancer. WINGS OF HOPE board member Kathryn Bowker Haber and her brother George Bowker, organized the event to celebrate the lives of their family members and raise awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research. All proceeds from the event went to WINGS OF HOPE to fund the pancreatic cancer research ongoing at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. For the unfathomable losses they have sustained and their continual support of this effort, our heartfelt thanks to the Bowker Family and all those who participated in this special event.

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A Celebration of Life and Hope Event 2016

A Celebration of Life and Hope

OCTOBER 2016

In late October WINGS OF HOPE presented a special one-night only presentation of the SR-71 BLACKBIRD SPY PILOT CHRONICLES at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, Kansas. SR-71 pilot BRIAN SHUL and navigator WALTER WATSON enthralled the crowd with their experiences as an SR-71 crew, as chronicled in their book, The Untouchables.

The special event was held in memory of GAYLE JOHNSON, KEN LERMAN and PETE REYNOLDS, all well known friends in Wichita who, in 2014, all succumbed to pancreatic cancer within months of one another.

The evening helped raise awareness and much needed funding for pancreatic cancer research.

Sincere thanks to the Johnson, Reynolds and Lerman families, and all those in Wichita whose outpouring of generous support is helping to make a difference in this effort.

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Walter Watson, Maureen Shul and Brian Shul

Walter Watson, Maureen Shul and Brian Shul

Charlie Johnson, Maureen Shul, Geri Lerman and Becky Reynolds

Charlie Johnson, Maureen Shul, Geri Lerman and Becky Reynolds

Brian Shul, Rick and Eryn Prevedel, Maureen Shul and Walter Watson

Brian Shul, Rick & Eryn Prevedel, Maureen Shul & Walter Watson

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silent auction items


Wings of Hope Logo


silent auction items


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silent auction items


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silent auction items


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silent auction items


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silent auction items


Wings of Hope Logo


silent auction items


Wings of Hope Logo


silent auction items


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silent auction items


Wings of Hope Logo


silent auction items


Wings of Hope Logo


silent auction items


Photography by Mark Cassell

NOVEMBER 2016

WINGS OF HOPE is proud to offer these two books for sale by WINGS OF HOPE participants JACK ANDRAKA and ARTURO GARCIA

SUPPORT WINGS OF HOPE WITH PURCHASE OF
Arturo Garcia's Animal World - $10.00
Jack Andraka's Breakthrough - $15.00
Or both books for $20.00.

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ARTURO GARCIA, local author, artist and pancreatic cancer survivor, brings his art to life in the most interactive form - a coloring book for adults and kids! $10.00

JACK ANDRAKA, speaker at WINGS OF HOPE 2016 event and teenage cancer researcher, describes his incredible journey to discovering the first early diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer! $15.00

Order both books. $20

SEPTEMBER 2016

SHARING HER MISSION THROUGH ART; MASK ARTIST RAISING FUNDS FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH

Maureen Shul’s philosophy says it all: “Life is too short to stay in the shallow end.”

It’s hard-won wisdom that’s now bringing new, life-giving possibilities to Rocky Mountain residents facing pancreatic cancer. Having lost both her brother and mother to the disease in a short span of time, Maureen launched Wings of Hope to raise funds for pancreatic research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Since its founding in 2012, the nonprofit organization has raised nearly a half-million dollars to help find answers and treatments. Every cent has gone to research.

“When my brother was diagnosed with the disease,” Maureen begins, “I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. He had the Whipple surgery (removal of the head of the pancreas, as well as the gall bladder and part of the small intestine) right away, and we thought he had made it. Then four years later, it returned. Just a couple months after his death, my mother was diagnosed. Neither smoked nor drank — so we couldn’t understand why them?”

But as Maureen learned when she began her investigation, that’s how it is for many families. “There is no early diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer,” she notes, “and the incidence is rising rapidly.” The survival rate is just six percent.

“To lose two of the people you love most in such a short time changes your world, perspective and priorities,” she continues. Transitioning from serving as first mayor of the City of Castle Pines and with no prior knowledge of starting a nonprofit, Maureen put her determination in motion to make a difference in pancreatic cancer outcomes.

“It was very important to me that the money we raised through our Wings of Hope events stayed here in Colorado,” she emphasizes. “The pancreatic cancer research being conducted at the CU Cancer Center is world-class, and Anschutz Medical Campus is a game-changer. We have a destination medical resource right here.”

Maureen was introduced to the The Denver Hospice when her close friend Linda Goto—a loyal MASK project supporter—was an inpatient several years ago. The dark blue mask she’s created for this year’s event unites the Wings of Hope logo and those of a butterfly. “It symbolizes my belief that even the hardest parts of our lives can be transformed into something life-affirming, even though it may last for a very short time.”

“I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned from my family’s experience with pancreatic cancer is how short life is. If we’re not doing what brings us inner peace, passion and purpose, why not?”

NOVEMBER 5 EVENT

Flyer for A Celebration of Life and Hope

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AUGUST 2016

BRENT'S PLACE EXPANSION

Earlier this year WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul and board member Courtney Walsh participated in the Brent's Place expansion ground breaking ceremonies. The nonprofit, located adjacent to Anschutz Medical Campus, specializes in providing housing to children with compromised immune systems and their families while they get treatment. It is estimated that 40% of the families seeking their specialized assistance are helped. While the demand may never be fully met, the new apartments scheduled to open in mid-2017 will fill a need for the young patients and their families in need of this assistance. Brent's Place was founded by Donn and Linda Eley after losing their son, Brent, to cancer.

WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul and board member Courtney Walsh.

WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul and board member Courtney Walsh.

AUGUST 2016

JULY 2016 - 5th ANNUAL SHANE LEE MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

On a picture perfect Saturday morning, 140 golfers met to play in the 5th Annual Shane Lee Golf Tournament at Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland, Colorado. Held in partnership with WINGS OF HOPE, the tournament is in memory of beloved Shane Lee who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2011. All proceeds go toward raising awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

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JUNE 2016

"AN EVENING OF HOPE WITH JACK ANDRAKA" was held June 18, 2016 at Anschutz Medical Campus.

Teenage cancer researcher Jack Andraka shared how at 15, he discovered an early diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer. Driven and motivated by the death of a close family friend, Jack's story of using Google to learn all he could about the pancreas, getting 199 rejections for lab use before one doctor gave him that opportunity and the eventual discovery that came about as a result of his own genius and tenacity, touched and inspired everyone in attendance.

Gary Corbett, serving as emcee as well as auctioneer, added warmth and humor to the evening in his own unique and entertaining way. Speakers included WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul, Dr. Colin Weekes, Dr. Richard Schulick and Dr. Tom Purcell.

Special thanks to sponsors of the event: The John W. Buffington Family, Aircraft Performance Group, Centennial Airport, The Comerford Family, Paula Sandoval in memory of Senator Paul Sandoval, Imhoff Ohlson Family Fund, 1010 Global, The Shul Family, The Canyons, Washington Park Chiropractic, David Yurman of Cherry Creek, Crystal Hodge / Sotheby's, The Bowker Haber Families and Merrimack.

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THANK YOU to everyone who attended this special event, bid on the auction items, made donations and purchased Jack's book. Your support of WINGS OF HOPE directly funds the pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
(All photos by Liquid Luck Productions)

READ PETER JONES' INTERVIEW WITH JACK ANDRAKA IN THE VILLAGER

JUNE 2016

KINGSBURY OPEN
June 6, 2016

Thank you to all the participants, sponsors, volunteers and Washington Park Chiropractic for making this another incredibly successful and enjoyable event - all to raise awareness and funding for the pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

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2016 Kingsbury Open

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OCTOBER 10, 2015 GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO

WINGS OF HOPE presented the SR-71 BLACKBIRD SPY PILOT CHRONICLES in Grand Junction, coinciding with the Grand Junction Air Show that weekend featuring the USAF Thunderbirds. On a picture perfect weekend, WINGS OF HOPE founder MAUREEN SHUL, pancreatic cancer survivor and WOH board member JIM COMERFORD and SR-71 pilot BRIAN SHUL met and talked with many at the air show about the urgent effort to find early diagnostic methods, more effective treatments and ultimately a cure through funding the pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Main sponsors of the event were St. Mary's Medical Center and the Comerford Family, as well as Bray Real Estate, General Surgeons of Western Colorado and the Shul Family. Speakers at the Avalon Theater event included JIM COMERFORD and MAUREEN SHUL, sharing their involvement and commitment to this effort. Dr. ERIC HANLY and Dr. MARTY JACOBSON shared what is taking place at St. Mary's Cancer Center on pancreatic cancer treatments and the collaboration and need for more awareness on their relationship with the University of Colorado Cancer Center. SR-71 pilot BRIAN SHUL enthralled the packed audience with his experience flying the world's highest and fastest flying jet. Artist, author and pancreatic cancer survivor ARTURO GARCIA donated an original painting of the SR-71 which went to a generous and excited donor.

Sincere thanks to everyone who helped make this event one of the best yet!

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JUNE, 2015

KINGSBURY OPEN Golf Tournament

On June 2nd, 2015 the first annual Kingsbury Open was held at Golf Club at Bear Dance in Larkspur, Colorado, hosted by Washington Park Chiropractic in partnership with WINGS OF HOPE FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH. Over $15,000 was raised for the pancreatic cancer research ongoing at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. In September 2015 Dr. Lisa Goodman and Kelsey Schwab from Washington Park Chiropractic were invited to the CU Cancer Center to meet some of those involved in the pancreatic cancer research and to present the proceeds from the golf tournament. During their visit they were invited to tour the labs, watch live pancreatic cancer cells on a microscope and see exactly where the money raised from the Kingsbury Open goes to. They also got a peak at the state of the art Roche LightCycler machine that the lab was able to purchase through the funding received from WINGS OF HOPE.

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