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Support Groups

Hands-on involvement in one of Cedars-Sinai's many support groups can be very rewarding. With several support groups sponsoring a variety of fundraising events and activities, there's sure to be one that will give you that special sense of belonging to the Cedars-Sinai family.

Women's Guild

Founded: 1957

Who we are

Women's Guild began as a knitting circle, evolved into producers of glamorous movie premieres and antique shows, and then became today's benefactors of lifesaving enterprises. We have grown our mission to include 1,500 women of many ages, interests, and careers.

Our purpose

We are inspired by the opportunity to bring patients new hope by raising funds for treatment, essential medical programs, leading edge facilities and equipment, and pioneering research. Our top priority today: the Women's Guild Lung Institute.

Accomplishments

In 2012, we commemorated our 55th anniversary and completed a pace-setting $20 million pledge to fund the Women's Guild Lung Institute. Led by world-renowned pulmonary specialists, the Lung Institute conducts research and provides comprehensive care for diseases of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall, and airways.

What's next

We will continue to provide resources for a wide range of programs, including the Women's Guild Lung Institute, the work of C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA, director of the Women's Heart Center and Women's Guild Chair in Women's Health; the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center, a Project of Women's Guild at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

Events

Women's Guild Fall Gala: November 19, 2013

Women's Guild Annual Luncheon: Date for 2014 to be announced.

Learn more at www.womensguildcs.org or call (310) 423-3667

The Heart Foundation

Founded: 1996

Who we are

The Heart Foundation was established by friends and family of Steven S. Cohen, an incredible husband, father, son, brother, and friend who lost his life to sudden cardiac death at 35. Joined by many others who have been touched by this silent killer, we are passionately committed to saving lives in the present and eliminating heart disease for future generations.

Our purpose

Our mission is to eradicate heart disease by educating the public, promoting early detection, and supporting the research of P.K. Shah, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology and the Helga and Walter Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai's Heart Institute, in the quest to find a cure.

Accomplishments

We have raised funds for research on tissue engineering to create a bio-artificial artery, the use of peritoneal stem cells to recreate tissues, gene-based therapy for the prevention and reversal of arterial plaque, and a study of the role the immune system plays in atherosclerosis.

What's next

No one should suffer Steve's fate, so we are committed to supporting research for a vaccine to protect arteries from plaque build-up. The vaccine is about to enter human trials, and we are excited to help make this groundbreaking opportunity to save lives a reality.

Events

The Heart Foundation Gala: Date for 2013 to be announced. Event Details

Galpin Motors Golf Classic: October 28, 2013; Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas Event Details

Learn more at www.theheartfoundation.org or call (818) 865-1100

Helping Hand of Los Angeles

Founded: 1929

Who we are

Helping hand is the longest active support group at Cedars-Sinai. We are proud to comprise more than 1,800 members who have made women's health the centerpiece of our efforts—and who imbue Mother's Day with special meaning.

Our purpose

For more than 80 years, we've been the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department's best and most loyal friend. We helped establish the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Program and were the first group at Cedars-Sinai to endow a chair.

Accomplishments

Day in and day out, our volunteers staff the Helping Hand Gift Shop at the Medical Center. Funds we raise from sales, membership dues, our annual Mother's Day Luncheon, and other events allowed us to help establish two endowed chairs, the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, the International Speakers Bureau for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the Fetal Neurology Clinic, a Labor and Delivery Bio-Repository, and more.

What's next

Our commitment to essential projects in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department is unwavering. We have an unbroken record of generous support, thanks to our hardworking volunteers

Events

Helping Hand Mother's Day Luncheon: Date for 2014 to be announced.

Learn more about the gift shop at https://giftshop.csmc.edu/ or call (310) 423-5241

Fashion Industries Guild

Founded: 1956

Who we are

Designers, manufacturers, and sales professionals who make the fashion industry an economic and cultural powerhouse in Los Angeles and beyond.

Our purpose

We started by raising funds for capital needs — from state of-the-art equipment to new construction for rehabilitation facilities and conference centers. For the past two decades, we have put care for children front and center.

Accomplishments

We are committed to filling the gaps in healthcare for children. Construction of the Kenny Weinbaum Fashion Industries Guild Pediatric Acute Care Unit was completed in 2012. The unit serves children who do not need treatment in the NICU, but need more care than that provided on the regular hospital floor. This is the first pediatric acute care unit in a medical center west of the Mississippi.

What's next

We are committed to filling the gaps in healthcare for children. Construction of the Fashion Industries Guild Pediatric Acute Care Unit is well underway. It will serve children who do not need treatment in the NICU, but need more care than that provided on the regular hospital floor. This will be the first pediatric acute care unit in a medical center west of the Mississippi.

Events

Fashion Industries Guild Annual Gala: October 5, 2013; Beverly Wilshire Hotel Event Details

Learn more at www.fashionindustriesguild.org or call (213) 627-2151

The Brain Trust

Founded: 1998

Who we are

Our group was started by Linda Burrows, a grateful patient who wanted to find a way to give back. Today we are a small group of women with one passion: bringing healing to the human brain.

Our purpose

Cedars-Sinai is fortunate to have one of the world's most distinguished neurosurgeons, professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, Keith L. Black, MD, the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neurosurgery. Time magazine called him a "Hero of Medicine," we call him "our hero," and we are here to support his team of researchers in the Department of Neurosurgery as they win the fight against disorders, diseases, and injuries of the brain.

Accomplishments

Our fundraising efforts—from children's fairs to concerts to galas—helped launch the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center in 2007.

What's next

We are all about results, such as shortening the time it takes to move research advances to clinical trials for patients in need of the newest treatments. We are excited to support the ongoing development of an experimental brain cancer vaccine developed by Dr. Black's team of researchers. Also in the exploratory stage: the use of nano drugs to better target tumors and the use of wavelengths of light for diagnosis.

Learn more: giving.cedars-sinai.edu/thebraintrust or call (323) 866-6897

Sports Spectacular

Founded: 1986

Who we are

More than 80 volunteers, from the worlds of sports, entertainment, business, law, and civic life. Whether "in the paint," on the gridiron, in a boardroom or a courtroom, we've got the right moves.

Our purpose

Each year we host a one-night event and auction that shines a light on genetic disorders, bringing together leaders from investment banking, entertainment, law, and sports to honor athletes who belong in any hall of fame and to raise funds to solve some of the cruelest mysteries of human health — genetic birth defects. For a quarter century, each Sports Spectacular has been a sellout, as we gather to salute athletes from Muhammad Ali and Joe DiMaggio to Kobe Bryant and Lisa Leslie.

Accomplishments

Funds raised by our annual event support the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute. The Institute's mission is a powerful one: to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of genetic disorders from mental retardation to cystic fibrosis, dwarfism to deafness. The Institute also targets adult diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes, with a focus on genetic testing.

What's next

We are investing in the next generation of spectacular research and clinical talent. Each year, through the Sports Spectacular Fellowship Endowment, we give five deserving physician-scientists the opportunity to make vital research contributions within their respective specialties.

Events

Sports Spectacular Women's Luncheon: Date for 2014 to be announced.

Sports Spectacular Fellows Event: Date for 2014 to be announced.

Sports Spectacular: Date for 2014 to be announced. Event Details

Learn more at www.sportsspectacular.com or call (310) 858-9217

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