Published: May 28, 2021
Overcoming the many obstacles imposed by the pandemic, The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research displayed an indomitable spirit when they announced a $2 million donation to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as part of their historic $50 million pledge made in 2016. Since its founding in 1952, The Pap Corps has donated more than $110 million to Sylvester; however, this year’s gift required tremendous determination and innovative fundraising.
“I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the way our board and our 20,000 members rallied during these difficult times,” said Susan Dinter, chair of The Pap Corps. “I am so proud of the incredible resourcefulness of our wonderful volunteers and am thrilled that we were able to make this substantial donation during National Cancer Research Month.”
Throughout all 50 chapters, The Pap Corps members created innovative ways to raise funds. They developed virtual versions of their usual fundraisers, and pivoted campaign strategies. The Pap Corps launched the Giving Train monthly donation program, and online brick and bench sales for The Garden of Hope in Deerfield Beach, which is slated for completion later this year.
On May 13th, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester and the Oscar de la Renta Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, joined The Pap Corps Presidents Virtual Meeting to personally address the members and thank them for their commitment and generosity.
“Cancer does not stop for a global pandemic, neither does the need for innovative treatments and cures. Continued philanthropy had never been more crucial than this past year,” said Dr. Nimer.
“This wonderful fundraising organization’s determination has enabled Sylvester to achieve our goals year after year,” he continued. “We have accomplished so much together, and I look forward to many more years of championing side-by-side toward a future that is cancer-free.”
The Pap Corps partnership with Sylvester played an integral role in the Cancer Center’s achievement of NCI-designation in 2019, placing it among the top cancer centers in the nation.
“While we were unable to gather in person for this check presentation, I know everyone felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment,” said Sally Berenzweig, CEO of The Pap Corps. “Working with these incredible volunteers during the past months has truly been an inspiration, and I look forward to what we will achieve during the months ahead.”