The Ovarian Cancer Circle/Inspired by Robin Babbini presents a $20,000 check to Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh (fourth from left). Pictured with her are (from left) Scott Yanofsky, Stacy Baker, Cathy Gill, Paulinda Schimmel Babbini, Susie Jacobson, Dalia Hayon, Barbara Javitz and Ken Goodman.
The Ovarian Cancer Circle/Inspired by Robin Babbini is a non-profit 501c3 organization guided by a board of directors, gynecologic oncologist and medical advisors. The members are committed to creating an ever-expanding ring that encompasses networking, education and support for women of all ages and their families and friends who are affected by ovarian cancer. Through a fundraiser on April 26, 2012, at The Comedy Store - "Happily Ever Laughter," starring Sinbad - The Circle contributed $20,000 to the work of the G.O. (Gynecologic Oncology) Discovery Lab, directed by Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. The lab team focuses on how to achieve earlier diagnoses and improve treatments for ovarian and endometrial cancers. The goal is to target these malignancies at their stem-cell roots, using a combination of molecular and hormonal therapies. Paulinda Schimmel Babbini, The Circle's president, lost her 20-year-old daughter, Robin, to ovarian cancer and has made it her life's work to heighten awareness of signs and symptoms, particularly among young women. The gift will help underwrite pioneering basic-science and clinical research pursuits in the G.O. Discovery Lab (www.godiscoverylab.com).
For more information about the Ovarian Cancer Circle, go to: www.theovariancancercircle.org