Fight against cancer

Fight against cancer

The mission

 

The purpose of the Association Alan Ghitis is to engage in the fight against cancer by promoting oncological research and by supporting cancer patients and their families. Melanomas will be given precedence, but all form of cancers will be considered.

The Association may engage in oncological research by contributing to projects by private, public or university organizations. It may also distribute scholarships to university students in cancer research, as well as finance especially innovative start-up projects in cancer research by entities or individuals. And it may also want to contribute to hospitals and/or clinics in their purchase of equipment destined to cancer therapy.

The founders

We are the family and friends of Alan Ghitis, who valiantly fought but lost at the age of 40 the battle against melanoma skin cancer. We wish to continue his fight so that others may have a better chance. We hope you will join us in this fight.

We are the family and friends of Alan Ghitis, who valiantly fought but lost at the age of 40 the battle against melanoma skin cancer. We wish to continue his fight so that others may have a better chance. We hope you will join us in this fight.
Sarah Ghitis

My name is Sarah Ghitis. In memory of my beloved husband, I would like to share a few words about him with all of you. Alan was one of the most inspiring, loving, caring, wholehearted and profound people I have ever met. He stood out from the crowd. He was successful in every aspect of life. He enjoyed it to the fullest: he had an outstanding career, he loved his friends and family more than anyone I know, he was funny, witty and confident, he was loyal and fair, he loved to travel and widen his horizon, no challenge was too scary, new adventures and change was absolutely necessary, he was adored by so many and most definitely far from ordinary. he was unique!!!

I feel so lucky that I had the privilege to spend part of my life with him and eventually become his wife. He was the best husband I could have ever wished for and although it was way too short we managed to build memories that could fill a lifetime! I am so grateful for every second and for the people he brought into my life who I can call my family now. I want to thank all of you for being there and I want to encourage you all to keep his memory alive and in your heart!

I want us to think about him and smile and I want him to make a difference in people’s lives even now that he is not with us anymore. Therefore we created this association in his name so that his spirit will continue to spread hope, fight this terrible illness and support people less privileged than him.
Together we can make a difference!

I am thanking each one of you in advance to be part of this mission and to keep the memory and willpower of my beloved husband alive. Because I know that’s what he wanted!

With all my love,

Sarah Ghitis

Francesco Recrosio

I met Alan at the French school in Milan in 92. I had been attending that school since kindergarten while he had just moved from Brazil.
I still remember the first time we spoke because he had brought a funny accent from Brazil that he lost in no time. Instead, he did not lose his ability to make me laugh like no other and therefore in a very short time we became best friends.
We were 14 and at that age, we have many first experiences and we discover so many things in life and I and Alan have lived so many of those things together.
Alan was the most cheerful person I knew, his presence and his joy were enough to contaminate everyone around him. He always managed to keep the child inside him alive which manifested itself in an exaggerated zest for life!
After high school, we went to study in different cities, Alan in London while I in Paris. I remember that the day before we left we said goodbye with tears in our eyes, reassuring each other that the distance would not change anything in our friendship, we were now brothers.
And it was just like that …until the end.
Apart from is sunny personality Alan also showed me strength, courage and dignity during his illness that have left me astonished.
He never complained, he never cried and he unbelievably never lost his ability to appreciate every little joy in life.
I had the immense pain to see him taken away from a terrible illness but above all, I had the great honor of being able to stand by his side during this very bad time.
For this reason, I could not be more proud to be part of this association in his memory with the will to contribute to defeating this terrible disease and the pain that it sows.

Niky Levi Ghitis (Chairman)

July 2017 … Pure joy. With mamy

 

Urbano Clerici


I have met Alan 25 years ago, in the French School of Milan and since then Alan has been a pillar in my life. Rarely do we meet people so true to themselves, true to their belief, to their friendship, to their love, and without any filter, just sharing it with the world. In a few words, he was a constant true lover of life, a daily inspiration to me and to so many more.

I really feel thankful and would like to give back for the gift that Alan is to me.
I hope this Association will have the possibility to keep the memory of a great man whose time has been too short. A man who has achieved so much but yet had the intention to achieve so much more and reach out to so many more.
The progress in prevention and research in cancer have been so dramatic in the last years, that in our small reality we are eager to contribute in increasing awareness (give the correct recommendation and support) as well as promote the investments in research that will very soon get this terrible disease curable.

Urbano Clerici, born in Sorengo (Switzerland) in 1978, married with three children. Chairman and CEO of Coeclerici Commodities.

Billy Ghitis (Chairman)

“When my son looks up at me and breaks into his wonderful smile, my eyes fill up and I know that having him is the best thing I will ever do.”

Dan Greenburg, American writer

Sarah Ghitis

My name is Sarah Ghitis. In memory of my beloved husband, I would like to share a few words about him with all of you. Alan was one of the most inspiring, loving, caring, wholehearted and profound people I have ever met. He stood out from the crowd. He was successful in every aspect of life. He enjoyed it to the fullest: he had an outstanding career, he loved his friends and family more than anyone I know, he was funny, witty and confident, he was loyal and fair, he loved to travel and widen his horizon, no challenge was too scary, new adventures and change was absolutely necessary, he was adored by so many and most definitely far from ordinary. he was unique!!!

I feel so lucky that I had the privilege to spend part of my life with him and eventually become his wife. He was the best husband I could have ever wished for and although it was way too short we managed to build memories that could fill a lifetime! I am so grateful for every second and for the people he brought into my life who I can call my family now. I want to thank all of you for being there and I want to encourage you all to keep his memory alive and in your heart!

I want us to think about him and smile and I want him to make a difference in people’s lives even now that he is not with us anymore. Therefore we created this association in his name so that his spirit will continue to spread hope, fight this terrible illness and support people less privileged than him.
Together we can make a difference!

I am thanking each one of you in advance to be part of this mission and to keep the memory and willpower of my beloved husband alive. Because I know that’s what he wanted!

With all my love,

Sarah Ghitis

Urbano Clerici


I have met Alan 25 years ago, in the French School of Milan and since then Alan has been a pillar in my life. Rarely do we meet people so true to themselves, true to their belief, to their friendship, to their love, and without any filter, just sharing it with the world. In a few words, he was a constant true lover of life, a daily inspiration to me and to so many more.

I really feel thankful and would like to give back for the gift that Alan is to me.
I hope this Association will have the possibility to keep the memory of a great man whose time has been too short. A man who has achieved so much but yet had the intention to achieve so much more and reach out to so many more.
The progress in prevention and research in cancer have been so dramatic in the last years, that in our small reality we are eager to contribute in increasing awareness (give the correct recommendation and support) as well as promote the investments in research that will very soon get this terrible disease curable.

Urbano Clerici, born in Sorengo (Switzerland) in 1978, married with three children. Chairman and CEO of Coeclerici Commodities.

Francesco Recrosio

I met Alan at the French school in Milan in 92. I had been attending that school since kindergarten while he had just moved from Brazil.
I still remember the first time we spoke because he had brought a funny accent from Brazil that he lost in no time. Instead, he did not lose his ability to make me laugh like no other and therefore in a very short time we became best friends.
We were 14 and at that age, we have many first experiences and we discover so many things in life and I and Alan have lived so many of those things together.
Alan was the most cheerful person I knew, his presence and his joy were enough to contaminate everyone around him. He always managed to keep the child inside him alive which manifested itself in an exaggerated zest for life!
After high school, we went to study in different cities, Alan in London while I in Paris. I remember that the day before we left we said goodbye with tears in our eyes, reassuring each other that the distance would not change anything in our friendship, we were now brothers.
And it was just like that …until the end.
Apart from is sunny personality Alan also showed me strength, courage and dignity during his illness that have left me astonished.
He never complained, he never cried and he unbelievably never lost his ability to appreciate every little joy in life.
I had the immense pain to see him taken away from a terrible illness but above all, I had the great honor of being able to stand by his side during this very bad time.
For this reason, I could not be more proud to be part of this association in his memory with the will to contribute to defeating this terrible disease and the pain that it sows.

Niky Levi Ghitis (Chairman)

July 2017 … Pure joy. With mamy

 

Billy Ghitis (Chairman)

 

“When my son looks up at me and breaks into his wonderful smile, my eyes fill up and I know that having him is the best thing I will ever do.”

Dan Greenburg, American writer

 

Our projects

The Alan Ghitis Fellowship Award

About the Alan Ghitis Fellowship Award

The Alan Ghitis Fellowship Award for Melanoma Research at the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center honours the memory Alan Ghitis,
to support young investigators in the field of melanoma research under the direction Dr. Antoni Ribas of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Ghitis Fellowship Award will provide funds to help underwrite the salary and benefits of a graduate or postdoctoral level researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Ribas. At the discretion of Dr. Ribas, the award is renewable for up to three years in support of a single recipient.

The first Ghitis Fellow will be elected on September 24, 2019, at a ceremony at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Who is Dr. Antoni Ribas?

Dr. Antoni Ribas, a renowned physician-scientist and professor of medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been named the 2019-2020 President-Elect for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). He will officially become President-Elect on April 1st during the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting in Atlanta and will assume the presidency at the 2020 AACR Annual Meeting.
As director of the tumor immunology program at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ribas has helped lead the development of new therapies for malignant melanoma, for which few effective therapies exist.
Ribas is known for his work in immunology and understanding how the immune system can effectively be used to fight cancer in order to develop more effective and less toxic therapies for people with cancer. He led the clinical program that demonstrated the effectiveness of the drug pembrolizumab, which has been a significant advancement in the treatment of melanoma. This was the first of the class of PD-1 blocking antibodies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of any cancer. Dr. Ribas and his laboratory continue to develop new immunotherapies for this disease.
“It is a great honor to be elected by my peers as the President-Elect of AACR,” Ribas said. “In this time of remarkable and rapid advancement in our understanding of cancer we have made great strides at improving treatments, but it is not enough. I believe AACR has to continue to advocate for public policy and funding to support cancer research and the development of new treatments, which is the best investment we can make in our futures. I look forward to working with researchers, clinicians, policymakers, patient advocates, caregivers and patients to pursue the common goal of defeating cancer.”
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Ribas attended the University of Barcelona, where he earned both his medical and doctoral degrees before coming to UCLA in 1996. Now, more than 20 years later, the physician-scientist has made UCLA his second home. He is a member of the Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA and a full professor in the departments of medicine, surgery, molecular and medical pharmacology. He also serves as the director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Center at UCLA, which brings together the nation’s leading cancer centers to maximize the potential of cancer immunotherapy research by building strong collaborations between researchers, nonprofits and industry, who are all working together to get new treatments to patients faster.
“Not only is Dr. Ribas is an extraordinary physician and scientist, but he’s an amazing leader and mentor to the next generation of oncologists and cancer researchers,” said Dr. Michael Teitell, director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “His pioneering work in immunotherapy is invaluable. I know he will play a pivotal role in advancing AACR’s legacy of accelerating high-quality, innovative cancer research to help find better treatments for patients diagnosed with cancer.”
Ribas became a member of AACR in 1999, and has been actively engaged in leadership roles since 2014, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors and the Vice Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee for the AACR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics Conference. He is also the co-chair of AACR’s Combination Therapies Think Tank and the scientific editor of Cancer Discovery, one of AACR’s peer-reviewed journals that publishes major advances in cancer research and clinical trials.
Ribas has previously received several national and international awards and grants, including the AACR-Cancer Research Institute Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology; the AACR Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award; an Outstanding Investigator Award from National Cancer Institute; was an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation; has a doctor honoris causa from the University of Buenos Aires and is a recipient of the Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship from the American Academy of Dermatology.

https://cancer.ucla.edu/Home/Components/News/News/1278/1631

What is the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center?

With a membership of more than 500 physicians and scientists, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the largest comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. We handle more than 20,000 patient visits per year and conduct hundreds of clinical trials, providing the latest in experimental cancer treatments.
Today, we have established an international reputation for providing the best in experimental and traditional cancer treatments and expertly guiding the next generation of medical researchers. When you choose UCLA for your clinical care, our depth lets us offer a wide array of benefits to patients. Below we provide our History and Mission, notable JCCC Firsts, and extensive biographies of our senior leadership.

· Mission and History
Read our mission statement and learn more about our history as Southern California’s first comprehensive cancer center.
· JCCC Firsts
Our award-winning researchers have set an admirable pace in cancer research, prevention and the development of new treatments and therapies.
· Meet Our Leadership
Enjoy extensive biographies of our senior leadership and program directors.

https://cancer.ucla.edu/about-us/a-comprehensive-cancer-center

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