The Goldstein family has inspired supporters of the Myra Rubenstein Weis (MRW) Health Resource Center for over two decades to promote health education and provide support for some of the communities’ most vulnerable members, cancer survivors.
MRW Founders Dr. Paul Goldstein and Eileen Rubenstein Goldstein, sister of the late Myra Rubenstein Weis who passed of breast cancer, continue to work closely with NorthShore University HealthSystem on initiatives started over 21 years ago, including the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, while also expanding and introducing new programs to area high school students.
“This new program focuses on personalized medicine and educating the younger generation on genomics and being proactive about their health,” says Dr. Paul Goldstein.
This new hands-on program also encourages younger generations to discover the science behind personalized medicine and genomics. Students have the opportunity to visit NorthShore Evanston Hospital’s state-of-the-art lab and work directly with medical experts to further understand what a career in the field looks like.
Breast cancer survivor and LIFE program patient, Helen Hackett expresses her gratitude for the support MRW has provided to her, as the first patient at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital to utilize the LIFE program, including the MRW Survivorship 101 seminars, over 10 years ago.
Helen is hopeful that future generations will continue to view cancer as more than a terminal illness. Helen was shocked by the response her young son had to her somber news years ago, “Mom, did they catch it early? If so, you will be fine.” The exchange left Hackett with hope and an invigorated drive to support education for younger people.
Dr. Katharine Yao will be honored for her work in surgical oncology during this year’s Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center Luncheon at Highland Park Country Club on May 3, celebrating the life of the organization’s namesake and largest fundraiser of the year. Dr. Michael Caplan serves as keynote speaker and will address the latest advances in personalized medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Tickets at $100 each for the Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center Luncheon on May 3 are available at foundation.northshore.org/mrw.