Outreach and Development
ICEC continues its efforts to raise funds to support its many activities. ICEC encourages all types of mechanisms to facilitate support of our mission including, individual donations, corporate and foundation support and planned-giving opportunities. ICEC has expanded its reach through the limited support of its Early Career Leaders which has garnered the interest of foundations and corporate support.
Two ICEC exclusive funds, the Ellen Lewis Stovall Early Career Leaders Fund and the Rodney R. Million, MD Fund for Innovation in Clinical Care, provide ICEC with the resources to directly support practitioners in their efforts to improve global cancer care in challenging environments. These funds are designed to provide financial support to early career healthcare practitioners focused on global cancer care, a group that often faces funding challenges while pursuing academic medical careers.
Members of the Early Career Leaders Working Group, funded in part by the Ellen Lewis Stovall Early Career Leaders Award, continue their admirable efforts. The European Network for Light Ion Hadron Therapy’s (ENLIGHT) online publication, ENLIGHT Highlights, interviewed Dr. Onyinye Balogun, one of ICEC’s Early Career Leaders. The ENLIGHT program, nearly 15 years old, has more than 600 participants from nearly 25 European countries. The article highlights Balogun’s efforts to train healthcare providers in underserved regions to provide the best radiation treatment of cancer in LMICs. Her work is an example of the global effort in which physicians and other healthcare providers worldwide are making to provide high-quality treatment to patients with cancer who historically have had limited access to technologically advanced care. ENLIGHT embraces ICEC’s mission and vision to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality care possible for the local circumstances and recognizes the importance of sharing knowledge and developing best practices of this complex science through a mentoring network of cancer professionals working with local and regional in-country groups.
Dr. Surbhi Grover, another Early Career Leader, who is a member of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership and the head of the gynecological oncology multidisciplinary team at the Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana, was highlighted in an article by NewsDeeply. This online news magazine provides news coverage and community engagement focused on women and girls in the developing world. The article, “In Botswana, Simple Meetings Drastically Improve Cervical Cancer Care” describes how weekly meetings reduced significant delays in the initiation of cancer treatment.
– The Dr. Rodney R. Million Fund for Innovation in Clinical Care has been established by a generous contribution from the Million family to support cancer educational activities in Africa. The first application for an award has been reviewed and will be provided to Chika R. Nwachukwu, MD, Medical Resident PGY-3, Department of Radiation Oncology of Stanford University. Dr. Nwachukwu will be working on projects in Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. We look forward to watching her progress in the upcoming months.
– To make a donation to support the Stovall Award, the Million Fund or to make a contribution for general support of ICEC, please visit the ICEC website’s donation page.