The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research has announced a $100,000 matching gift challenge by The Yass Family.
This gift will be utilized to enhance the 2018 Dr. Kevin Berkowitz Memorial End of Year Giving Campaign, which will be directed towards melanoma research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Jerry Yass announced the gift during the recent Pap Corps Presidents’ Meeting at Boca West Country Club in honor of his late wife, Sybil, who died in 2001 from melanoma.
“We are tremendously grateful to Jerry Yass and his family for making this matching gift to us,” said The Pap Corps’ CEO David Bakelman. “Jerry is one of our most dedicated and generous Pap Corps members, and we are honored that his donation will encourage others to give during our critical end of year giving campaign.”
Jerry Yass, an active member of the Boca Friends Chapter of The Pap Corps, moved the audience of over 400 during his emotional speech at the Presidents’ Meeting when he read a poem he wrote about the challenges a family endures when a loved one is battling melanoma.
“South Floridians need to be better educated about the risks of skin cancer, especially melanoma,” said Linda Moses, President of The Pap Corps. “In addition to raising research funds, we hope this end of year giving campaign will raise awareness about prevention, the need for regular skin cancer screenings and the tremendous work doctors at Sylvester are doing to advance new treatments.”