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Morris Moskowitz


Letter from Andy (UPDATE)

Dear Friends and Family,

What an amazing few weeks I’ve had. On May 3, I finished the Broad St. Run in 1 hour and 28 minutes, a full 11 minutes under my goal. I almost finished in the top third of all finishers (missed it by 2%) and got to experience my first true "Rocky" moment (see pic).

More importantly, thanks to you, I surpassed my fund raising goal of $2500 by more than $100. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity, especially in times like these.

Lastly, I'm proud to say I’m the newest cast member of ComedySportz Philly, the oldest (and best) improv show in the City of Brotherly Love. I'll be on stage starting in late August and will perform regularly on Saturday evenings. I'd love it if you came to see me. (www.comedysportzphilly.com)

Love,
Andy


Andy Moskowitz

Dear Friends and Family,

As many of you know, my grandfather Morris Moskowitz succumbed to pancreatic cancer last year after a brave and inspiring battle. On May 3, 2009, I will run the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia to honor his memory and raise money for the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Please consider making a donation to the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Research Center, located at Johns Hopkins Hospital where my grandfather was treated. I have made a personal commitment to raise at least $2500 to support their research, and I hope you will help me reach this goal.

You can donate by check or credit card. Checks should be made out to Johns Hopkins University and mailed to:

Ralph H. Hruban, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
600 N. Wolfe Street
Carnegie 417
Baltimore, MD 21287

Write "Morris Moskowitz" in the memo area so they can keep track of the total, and include a return address so they can mail you a receipt.

To use a credit card, visit the Sol Goldman Center’s web site donation page and click "Donate by Credit Card." In section 2, be sure to select "Memorial" and enter the name Morris Moskowitz. You will receive an email confirmation and a receipt via snail mail.

Eighty percent of your donation goes directly to the researchers, while the remaining twenty percent goes toward infrastructure support for their research. All donations are tax deductible.

Since not everyone reading this message has personal experience with pancreatic cancer, I'd like to share some perspective. Pancreatic cancer has the #1 fatality rate of all cancers. It does not discriminate by age, gender or race and only 4% of patients will survive beyond 5 years. After my grandfather was diagnosed, he got the best possible treatment from the team at Johns Hopkins. But despite the assistance of one of the greatest pancreatic surgeons on the planet and several rounds of chemotherapy, cancer cells still managed to repopulate in his abdomen, ultimately killing him. This sudden and aggressive recurrence took all of us by surprise, just as we were beginning to feel hopeful about the future.

Pancreatic cancer is a merciless disease, but there is good news. The scientists at the Sol Goldman Center have recently completed the monumental task of sequencing the genome of 24 different pancreatic cancers. They now seek to translate this painstaking genetic research into treatments. These brilliant scientists stand at a critical juncture in their fight against pancreatic cancer, but they have been hindered by a recessed economy. Last week, Dr. Ralph Hruban, director of the Center, told me they’ve seen a sudden, sharp drop off in private funding. That’s where we come in.

Thanks in advance.

Love,
Andy