The UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center (CRTC) recently held its inaugural El Oso Sanador Society reception at the Lovelace Estate, the historic home of Rab Freeman and Bill Hooten. El Oso Sanador (the healing bear) Society gives individuals, corporations and foundations an opportunity to make philanthropic contributions that support cancer prevention, research and access to the best patient treatments. The Healing Bear is the symbol of the UNM CRTC and represents power and protection, and best illustrates the Center's desire to heal the whole person.

Cheryl L. Willman, M.D. and director of the CRTC, introduced members of the clinical and research faculty and honored the 45 members who were inducted into the society. She presented each member who contributed at least $1000 in the past year with a handmade sterling silver bear pin.

R. Philip Eaton, M.D., UNM vice president for Health Sciences, spoke about the global implications of the cutting- edge research being done at the Cancer Center and how partnerships with the UNM High Performance Computing Education and Research Center, Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs, the Lovelace Respiratory Institute, etc. are so vital to the nation in our understanding of the genetic basis of cancer.

Judy Jones, UNM vice president of Institutional Advancement, gave a moving recollection of her cancer experience and how being in an academic cancer center gave her access to the very best treatment available.


Contact: Sam Giammo, 272-3322