Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation
A Great Loss PDF Print E-mail

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Helen Moss (1936-2013)

On Nov. 9, 2013, Helen lost her 13-year battle to cancer after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2000. She faced cancer with courage and tremendous determination. She viewed cancer as a chronic condition that needed to be confronted and treated. Helen did not view cancer as a death sentence and fought cancer by educating herself about integrative treatments that could help her and other cancer patients live with a devastating illness. Her journey revealed that even with the best healthcare system in the world, there is more for medical professionals to learn about how to treat and to view the patient and not just the cancer tumor.

In 2000, Helen established the Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation (HMCRF), in part, to educate the medical community, patients and caregivers about integrative oncology, a holistic approach to increasing the patient’s well-being. Integrative medicine is a complementary treatment that can be provided in conjunction with conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Helen believed strongly that the cancer patient deserved to be informed about both integrative and conventional treatments. She spoke with medical professionals around the world about the importance of medical professionals sharing information and collaborating with other medical professionals and patients about integrative treatments that can benefit the patient.

Soon after being diagnosed with cancer, Helen became aware that medical professionals typically don’t collaborate or share information with medical professionals in other disciplines or with patients and the fragmented divisions between conventional and complementary treatments just added another “glass” layer to an already complex system. She learned that doctors are knowledgeable in their area of practice, but had little or no knowledge about available treatments outside their area of practice. As a result, most physicians were unable to offer Helen helpful information or even a referral concerning available treatments, such as integrative medicines, after she received chemotherapy and radiation. Helen believed that the patient could improve and possibly prolong her quality of life through nutrition, exercise, herbs, and other treatments that are helpful in reducing side effects of conventional treatments and improving health, self-image, and reducing stress – considerations that are absent when physicians focus solely on the tumor instead of the whole patient. Like many dealing with a life-threatening disease, patient participation is not always encouraged by medical professionals. For Helen, this was not an option.

Helen’s quest took her around the world attending integrative oncology conferences and exposing Foundation board members, physicians, and other medical professionals on advancements in integrative oncology. In 2011 Helen, with the support of many, brought the 8th Annual Society for Integrative Oncology International Conference to Cleveland, hosting hundreds of medical physicians, other medical professionals, and medical students from around the world, shining a spotlight on Cleveland’s world-renowned medical care. By the end of 2011, Helen made another groundbreaking announcement--the country’s first Integrative Oncology Professorship located at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. The $1.5 million donation was a partnership between HMRCF and Parker Hannifin’s Foundation.

Helen’s legacy lives on and with your support, the Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation can continue to support integrative oncology and educate medical professionals and patients to help fight against the devastating experience of patients and their families who have been the victim of this terrible illness.

Send contributions to: 
Mr. John Moss 
Co-Managing Trustee 
Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation 
c/o Merrill Lynch 
1375 E. 9th St. 
Cleveland, OH 44114

 
Parker-Hannifin / Helen Moss Professorship PDF Print E-mail
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The School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University invites applications and nominations for the Parker Hannifin / Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation Professorship in Integrative Oncology

This chair was endowed by the Parker Foundation and through the offices of the Helen Moss Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The individual filling this position will focus on changing the way cancer is treated by employing the practice of integrative medicine and therapies designed to extend the lives of cancer patients by developing evidence based efforts that optimize inclusion of more holistic and natural approaches, along with multi-cultural traditional medicines. The Professorship in Integrative Oncology will support the conduct of investigative and clinical research that encompasses complementary and alternative medicine; prevention strategies, diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle choices; as well as the use of neutraceuticals, herbs and botanicals. The holder of this Chair will develop a vision to bring together the outstanding educational, research, and clinical resources available at Case Western Reserve University and its affiliate hospitals to bring these investigations to patient care. The individual will become an active member of the NCI designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and participate in its scientific programs.

 

Read more: Parker-Hannifin / Helen Moss Professorship
 
Welcome Evelyn Neufeld, Ph.D. PDF Print E-mail

Evelyn Neufeld, Ph.D. joins our board

drevelynneufeildIn July of 2012 the Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation was proud to add to its Board of Trustees, Dr. Evelyn Neufeld, Ph.D.
 
2012 Ninth International SIO Conference PDF Print E-mail

The 2012 Ninth International Conference of the
Society for Integrative Oncology

Hosted by:
The University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Arrived: Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sun., Oct. 7, 2012 
Returned: Cleveland, Ohio, Thurs., Oct. 11, 2012

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Left­– Helen Moss & Board Member Ava Peterson

Center– Parker Hannifin Representative Jan Albert & Helen Moss

Right– Grant recipients Dr. Santosh Rao & Dr. Francoise Adan

 

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Helen Moss welcomes four new trustees PDF Print E-mail

In December of 2011 the Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation was proud to add
to its Board of Trustees, Mr. William Bolton, Ms. Ava Peterson, Dr. Maria Pujana, MD.,
and Dr. David S. Rosenthal, M.D

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Professorship Announced, November 10, 2011 PDF Print E-mail

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Case Western Reserve University Press Release:

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is honored to announce gifts to establish the inaugural Parker Hannifin – Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation Professorship in Integrative Oncology. This professorship will establish the School of Medicine and its affiliate hospitals as international leaders in teaching, research, and patient care in the field of integrative oncology.

The gifts from The Parker Foundation and Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation, among other donors, will establish an umbrella program for integrative oncology – an opportunity not offered at other institutions. The professorship seeks to change the way cancer is treated by employing the practice of integrative medicine and therapies designed to extend the lives of cancer patients using a more holistic and natural approach, along with traditional medicine. Historically, cancer has been treated as an acute illness; the Professorship in Integrative Oncology will research the impact of treating cancer as a chronic condition focused on alleviating the pain and suffering of patients through non-toxic approaches to improve immune system capabilities. Such approaches can include complementary and alternative medicine; diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle choices; as well as the use of neutraceuticals, herbs and botanicals. The holder of this leadership chair will bring together the finest educational, research, and clinical resources available at Case Western Reserve and its affiliate hospitals to bring new complementary and natural treatment options to patients.

Please see the remainder of the Case Western Reserve University Press Release here.

 

 

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Pamela Davis
Dean
CWRU Medical School

Helen Moss Founder
Helen Moss Cancer 
Research Foundation

Dan Serbin
Executive
Vice-President
Parker Hannifin

Professorship announcement occurred
November 10, 2011 at the opening of the
8th International SIO Conference, before
540 international conference attendees:

The Parker Foundation pledged $1,000,000 to create a professorship of integrative oncology at Case Western University Medical School, consistent with its belief that innovative and natural health treatments have an important place in treating cancer and saving lives. Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global company with over 60,000 employees, has a long standing tradition of taking good care of its employees.  Dan Serbin, Parker’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources, advised the conference participants about the company’s complementary and alternative benefits program as a shining example of the leading edge offering the company provides in its benefits options.  Parker is unique in offering a comprehensive benefits program in the United States that includes alternative medicine treatments designed to offer considerable choice and flexibility to employees and covered family members, while placing an important emphasis on prevention and wellness.

“Parker will continue to offer a wide-variety of coverage options, so that employees can select the program that best fits them and their families,” commented Serbin. “Our benefit packages are structured to encourage healthy choices, as well as preventative care and alternative therapies.”
 
8th Annual SIO International Conference Cleveland PDF Print E-mail

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Ed FitzGerald,
Cuyahoga County Commisioner
Dr. Francis Collins, Director NIH, Keynote Speaker U.S. Senator
Sherrod Brown

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Dr. Gary Deng,
Memorial Sloan-Kettering,
President SIO 2011:
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Dr. Stanton Gerson, Comprehensive Cancer Center, CWRU,
bio here.
Dr. Stephen Sagar,
Former President SIO,
McMaster University, Trustee, 
bio here

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Dr. Barrie Cassileth, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Founder SIO, bio here. Don Washkewicz, CEO,
Parker Hannifin; Helen Moss;
Dr. Lentz, Germany
Dr. Keith Block, 
Block Institute;

Dr. Francis Collins;
Sen. Sherrod Brown;
Dr. Gary Deng


Click here for conference presentations.
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Helen Moss Recieves 2 Awards Related to SIO Conference PDF Print E-mail

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Helen Moss, Founder, The Helen Moss Cancer Reasearch Foundation was twice honored in relation to the 8th Annual SIO International Conference. The Society for Integrative Oncology presented her with an award for her tireless patient advocacy and presented her with a lifetime membership to the organization. The first time such an honor has been granted. In addition, Mayor Frank Jackson of Cleveland presented Helen Moss with an award to recognize her tireless efforts in bringing the groundbreaking conference to Cleveland.

Click here to view a copy of the proclaimation from the Mayor in honor of Helen Moss.

Helen Moss and Cleveland Mayor

Frank Jackson

 
Parker Hannifin, Helen Moss Featured in Crain's Cleveland Business PDF Print E-mail

November 7, 2011- Timothy Magaw

Parker, Moss foundation fund CWRU oncology professorship

Helen Moss, a slender, 75-year-old woman with boundless enthusiasm, has been dealing with cancer the last 11 years, though you wouldn't know.

Ms. Moss, a former vice president of Merrill Lynch, credits a combination of alternative medicine treatments, including herbal medicines, acupuncture and hydrotherapy, with extending her life and reducing her suffering from the dreaded disease. To spread the word about and boost the research into such treatments, Ms. Moss and her Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation have raised $1.5 million to fund a professorship at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine in “integrative oncology.” The new program aims to blend mainstream cancer treatments with complementary therapies, with the goal of extending and enhancing the quality of life of people with cancer.

Read the remainder of the article here.

 

 
Helen Moss, Dr. Dale Cowan, Dr. Gregory Plotnikoff, Dr. Jeff White featured on Ideastream: Exploring New Paths to Cancer Treatment PDF Print E-mail

Helen Moss, Founder; Dr. Dale Cowan, MD, Board Member of the Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation; Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, MD, University of Minneapolis; and Dr. Jeff White, Director, OCCAM, NCI were featured on Ideastream/Public Televison on November 8, 2011.

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Dr. Dale Cowan- Click here for Dr. Cowan's Foundation Biography.

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Dr. Greg Plotnikoff- Click here to learn more about Dr. Plotnikoff.

Dr. Jeff White- Click here to learn more about Dr. White.

Click here to watch the broadcast.

 
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