Program areas at Harold E Eisenberg Foundation
Gastrointestinal (gi) cancer research - the organization funds critical research aimed to advance gastrointestinal cancer medicine at the robert h. lurie comprehensive cancer center of northwestern university, a national leader and top comprehensive cancer center. The focus is on translating innovative research into personalized prevention, detection, and treatment methods. The Foundation made the largest pledge in its history - $1.5 million dollars over five years. The first installment was made in 2017. This gift funds all of the efforts mentioned below and established the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation gi cancer oncoset, an unprecedented initiative to deliver personalized, effective cancer treatments to patients who currently have very limited options. The Foundation actively investigates additional gastrointestinal cancer research funding opportunities and works toward increasing its level of such support.harold E. Eisenberg Foundation gi cancer tissue bank - this tissue bank currently stores over 25,000 tumor samples and is growing every month. Tissue banks are at the forefront of cancer medicine and help to equip the lurie cancer center as it builds upon its enhanced genomic profiling and precision medicine offerings. Samples allow researchers to study what characterizes cancer tissues so that their investigations can improve cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. Research scholar award - this $50,000 award, granted through the lurie cancer center from Foundation funding, furnishes ingenious scientists with the resources and protected time needed to ask novel research questions and to explore new ideas relating to gi cancers. The prestigious award raises the bar for scientific discovery. The recipient of the 2019-2020 award was dr. sui huang to research a new treatment for liver cancer.clinical trials/nurse coordinator - the organization invests in professionals like victoria maurer, a clinical research nurse, to advance research efforts and to coordinate all ongoing clinical trials, identify study participants, and work with these patient participants on all follow-up. Victoria is a vital resource for patients and is a major driver of the program's tissue banking efforts. Patient care and outreach - the organization is committed to supporting cancer patients. In 2019, we established our cancer care packages program, which provides patients with practical items to help ease the symptoms of treatment.
Real estate education - the organization has developed multiple hands-on experiential programs aimed to give students exposure to the real working world of real estate as well as access to and mentorship from industry leaders. This year alone, the Foundation invested over $60,000 in scholarships and programs and impacted the lives of over 1,000 students from over 20 universities nationwide. These programs are developed and administered by the organization's staff and volunteers. Over 365 dedicated volunteers participate in the education programs, which considerably decreases the Foundation's expenses. This is important to note when reviewing charitable program costs. The education programs include the following:mentorship & career counseling - the organization's pillar education initiative, the mentorship program offers college students the opportunity to spend a full-day shadowing an industry leader. The Foundation averages two mentorship days each week and has completed over 1,300 total days. Building on the tremendous success of the mentorship program, the career counseling program offers the opportunity to meet one-on-one for short counseling sessions. Approximately 150 volunteer industry leaders participated in providing mentorship and career counseling sessions.career day - during this annual two-day program, 125 students from 15 universities were given exclusive access to two development project site tours, a "young guns" dinner and panel discussion with rising stars in the industry, a roundtable lunch with executive leaders, and a career/internship fair. Approximately 55 volunteers were on hand for career day.real estate challenge - this annual competition challenged nine graduate and undergraduate student teams to act as individual development companies by creating plans for a significant site in the chicago area. The winning team was awarded a $5,000 scholarship. Approximately 30 volunteers assisted with the competition. Scholar program - this program is a ten-month deep dive that provided six exceptional college students with the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with real estate innovators. It included partnering with a "super mentor", mentorship and career counseling sessions, access to industry events, field trips, and a scholarship of up to $5,000 per student. Approximately 25 volunteers participated in this program. Scholarships - the organization awarded eight scholarships to deserving real estate students involved in Foundation educational programs, who attend a variety of colleges. They were chosen by a committee of volunteers based on academic performance, commitment to service, and dedication to pursuing a career in the real estate industry. Speakers series- this program offers the opportunity to have real estate experts work with students or business professionals to discuss contemporary issues facing today's real estate world. The speaker series utilized approximately 100 volunteers.rock the boat - this program offers the opportunity to connect students and aspiring professionals with industry leaders in real estate and beyond through networking with their peers, mentors, and other mentees.