The fourth annual Colors of Hope event raised $23,000 for cancer research Aug. 24 at the Country Club of Lincoln.

The funds benefit the Nebraska Cancer Research Center (NCRC), a program of the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership. NCRC partners with Lincoln oncology clinics and hospital systems to provide patients with local access to cutting-edge National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials.

The evening included a dessert silent auction as well as silent and live auctions of items donated by local businesses and individuals. The live auction included trips to New York City and Napa Valley.

Following a video about the history and purpose of the NCRC, Dr. Ernie Sigler, clinical trial participant, and his wife, Nancy, spoke about the hope that clinical research provides. That research gives hope not only to those participating in the current research, but also to future individuals who receive a cancer diagnosis and will benefit from the advancements made in treatment as a result of research.

“For over 33 years, the NCRC has been the conduit through which cancer patients in Lincoln and the surrounding communities access cutting-edge treatments and therapies while remaining at home with their support system intact,” said Kelly Madcharo, NCRC director. “We are very appreciative for the generosity of those in attendance this evening, as well as those businesses who donated goods and services to make this a successful event.”

NCRC has 35-40 clinical trials available for cancer patients at any one time for all types of cancer. Over the past 33 years, more than 3,000 cancer patients have paid it forward by enrolling in a clinical trial or patient registry to advance cancer treatment.

Sponsors for this year’s event included title sponsor Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center as well as gold sponsors Nebraska Hematology Oncology, Bryan Health, Southeast Nebraska Oncology Nursing Society and Husker Auto Group.

For more information on NCRC and to view the video, visit necancerresearch.org or call 402-483-2827.

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