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Yinon Ben-Neriah

Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical University


My romance with the ICRF goes back to 1985, when I was still a postdoctoral fellow in MIT. At that time, I was planning my return to Israel and taking a job at the Lautenberg Center for Immunology at the Medical School of the Hebrew University. During my post-doctoral training in the lab of Nobel Prize laureate Prof. David Baltimore, I worked on a dreadful malignancy known as Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). This disease already had an ‘Israeli affiliation’, as Eli Canaani, an ICRF fellow, was able to clone the BCR-ABL oncogene, which is the culprit of CML. My work complemented Canaani’s, as I independently cloned the mouse ABL gene and characterized the p210 onco-protein that initiates CML. 

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Bernstein Foundation continues strong support of Israel with donation to cancer research fund
The Bernstein Family has a long history of activism and philanthropic giving. In the name of Mark and Zita Bernstein, the family committed to funding the imperative cancer research being done by Dr. Aaron Ciechanover M.D., D.Sc this past October 2018. Although Mark has since passed away, The Mark and Zita Bernstein Professorship is a true testament to the legacy of giving that Mark and Zita have now passed on to their three daughters. The commitment of The Bernstein Foundation will fund Dr. Ciechanover’s work for the next six years through our ICRF Toronto Chapter.

Please read the article that was published in the Winnipeg Jewish Post and News earlier this year to learn more about this generous gift.
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Sheba medical team finds treatment for 4th leading cause of cancer death

Pancreatic cancer is the 12th most common cancer worldwide, with 458,918 new cases in 2018 alone, according to a release by Sheba. It is the 4th leading cause of cancer death, and less than 3% of patients with metastatic disease survive longer than five years after diagnosis.

ICRF Chairman Israel, Tamir Galit with Dr. Talia Golan  Tamir said: “A loving and strengthening hug with Dr. Talia Golan, the one and only, after my treatment yesterday. Perfect Doctor. A perfect person”
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Mark Watkin

Meet Mark Watkin. Since she was five, Mark’s daughter Sarah fought an aggressive and rare form of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and although Mark and his wife Leah faced great adversity, they never lost hope. They started Sarah’s Drive for Hope, bringing together thousands of people in the fight against cancer. The community rallied together to support the Watkins and got individually swabbed in the search for potential stem and blood donors for Sarah, but no match was found. Through their drives, Mark and Leah were able to match stem and blood donors with other cancer patients and create a strong network of helping hands. Sarah fought bravely and sadly succumbed to her illness at the age of seven in 2014. Although Sarah is no longer with us, her strength, vibrancy, and kindness continue to live through her legacy of hope.

Mark and Leah honour Sarah’s memory through their continuous community philanthropic efforts. They are determined activists that continue to hold swabbing drives and raise funds for cancer research through Skate for Sarah and Sarah’s Drive for Hope. ICRF stands with the Watkins in their quest. For the first time in 40 years a cure for acute myeloid leukemia, the cancer Sarah had, is finally within reach. ICRF’s very own funded scientist Professor Yinon Ben-Neriah and his research team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a new biological drug with a cure rate of 50% for lab mice with acute myeloid leukemia. This promising new drug and the passion of the Watkin family are a reminder to all of us to never lose hope and to continue the fight to cure cancer.

The 18th Annual Women of Action 

What an amazing day with such inspirational women! Click below to watch some of our favourite event highlights. We can't wait to see you all next year!
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ICRF Bike for the Fight, September 15, 2019

Join us for an infused cycling + Pilates event where participants and teams will push their limits in the fight against cancer. This year's Bike for the Fight offers two 1-hour spin classes taught by Equinox instructors, followed by a Pilates class for those who want to support the cause without a bike.

Put your squad together or battle it out on your own!

Registration opening soon!!!

30th and Final George Knudson
Oakdale Pro-Am
September 4th marks the 30th and final George Knudson Oakdale Pro-Am honouring the memory and legacy of George Knudson and supporting cancer research through Israel Cancer Research Fund and Sinai Health Foundation. 
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Our mission is to continue to find treatments and cures for all forms of cancer, utilizing the unique benefits Israel and its scientists have to offer. The results of the research have a significant impact in Toronto, across Canada and throughout the world.

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