No stealing was involved, but through quite a bit of begging, a little borrowing, lots of hard work, and most of all the incredible generosity of our friends and supporters, we just sent off the first $20,000 installment of our five-year $100,000 pledge to establish the Rebecca Garrison Sokoloff Melanoma Research Endowment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. We still have a long way to go and we are beginning 2014 with empty pockets, but we are grateful beyond measure to all of you who helped make this possible.
There is still time to donate if you have not yet made a contribution this year. Science magazine just identified cancer immunotherapy as the scientific breakthrough of the year, and the money we are providing helps fund this research. Melanoma is a horrific disease that strikes and kills young people in alarming numbers, but for the first time in history there is real hope for a cure. We are working toward the day when melanoma will no longer be able to claim beautiful young lives like Rebecca's. Please join us!