Wilmot Cancer Center Raises More Than $1M, Honors Namesake

May 01, 2006

More than 1,000 people and corporations helped raise over $1 million for local cancer care and research at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and celebrated the feat at the seventh annual Discovery Ball. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Inspiration Award to James P. Wilmot, in recognition of his unprecedented support for cancer research.

“There is no one in the Rochester area who has so strongly supported cancer research,” said James Ryan Jr., chair of the Wilmot Cancer Center Board. “His commitment to finding better cures for this disease is truly an inspiration to many.”

The Inspiration Award is presented annually to someone who offers hope to cancer patients and survivors.  Previous recipients include Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim, Judy von Bucher, former Xerox CEO David Kearns, late Yankee and McQuaid baseball coach Michael Fennell, author Peter Teeley, retired U.S. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, and figure skater Scott Hamilton.

“This has been an outstanding evening and we are so proud to honor James P. Wilmot with our Inspiration Award,” says Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director of the Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “His family has faced cancer many times and after he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, he established a foundation to provide funding to advance cancer research and find cures.” 

The Discovery Ball, chaired this year by Don and Pamela Rhoda, is one of Rochester’s largest fund-raisers, due largely to corporate support.  In the past five years, more than $3.5 million has been raised to support cancer research and patient care.

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