Virtual jubilee of trees held to advance cancer care

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The 2020 Jubilee of Trees will capture the spirit of the season this year virtually through a YouTube livestream.

“We are excited to invite everyone to join the Virtual Jubilee Gala,” said Mitch Cloward, Administrator of Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center. “In years past we were limited by facility size. Changing to a virtual format this year will not only help stop the spread of COVID-19, it will allow anyone who desires to enjoy the holiday festivities – and help us improve local healthcare.”

Funds raised at the Jubilee will advance local cancer care, including Intermountain Precision Genomics, according to event organizers.

“This Jubilee of Trees will be a first time we go virtual,” said Lisa Brown, foundation event specialist for the Jubilee of Trees. “In order to support our community living their healthiest lives possible, we created a new world filled with online shopping fun, virtual entertainment, bidding excitement, and Santa Claus video calls for your children or grandchildren.” To catch all the sparkling moments, go to www.dixieregional.org/JubileeOfTrees and register.

“The future of cancer care really is bright,” said Dr. Derrick Haslem, MD, Associate Medical Director of Oncology at Intermountain Healthcare. “It is full of new targeted drugs, immunotherapy, and with each advancement, we are closer to making cancer a chronic disease that can be well-managed.”

Organizers say Intermountain Precision Genomics offers a personalized approach to treating not only cancer but other diseases as well. Precision genomics looks at the DNA of an individual’s cancer cells and matches it to targeted cancer-fighting medication. It has been proven to increase the lifespan of late-stage cancer patients at a lower cost than traditional methods.

“We continue to see success in using precision medicine to help our patients and we are unwavering in our commitment to finding effective treatments for patients everywhere,” said Dr. Lincoln Nadauld, MD, PhD and the Executive Director of Intermountain Precision Genomics. “Treatment for cancer is evolving so quickly. The pace of new drugs being developed and the pace of new treatments is unparalleled in the previous 50 years of cancer care.”

Organizers added that Intermountain Precision Genomics is creating an innovative movement discovering new cancer therapies with fewer side effects and less cost than traditional cancer treatments. Precision Genomics is reportedly leading the way and transforming cancer care.

To support cancer research, organizers say the Jubilee of Trees is supporting the HerediGene Population Study.

Teams from the two organizations will analyze the complete DNA of 500,000 participants from Intermountain’s patient population to help medical professionals better understand the human genome and enhance their ability to prevent diseases such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and heart disease. The project will be the largest and most comprehensive DNA mapping effort to date in the U.S. from a single population. To find out more or participate, call 1-833-698-1727 or visit www.intermountainhealthcare.org/heredigene.

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