January 28, 2016 | by City of Hope
December advents a familiar feeling of goodwill, gratitude and generosity. This couldn't be more evident as Professional Sales Association president and long-time City of Hope supporter, Bob Enk, rallies local business products industry executives to City of Hope for an annual tour which has now become a pre-holiday tradition.
“City of Hope has been near and dear to me for many years,” said Enk. “It’s an institution obviously renowned for its innovative research and treatments of cancer and diabetes. However, I believe its greatest attribute is its philosophy of providing unmatched compassionate care to those who most need it – care that extends beyond its patients to family members and caregivers, bringing a holistic approach to providing care for the family unit,” explained Enk. “This is a big reason our industry has supported City of Hope over three decades and our tour provides an opportunity for our industry members to truly connect with this special institution,” added Enk.
The local industry tour was attended by more than 80 executives from across the southland, including 2016 Spirit of Life® honoree, Joe Templet of Essendant. All segments of the industry attended, including national wholesalers, mega dealers, independent dealers, manufacturer representative groups and industry friends.
“The local industry tour is a great way for our members to grasp the miraculous work that’s being done at City of Hope and the impact that it makes throughout the world,” said Templet. “I’ve been attending tours since the early '80s and I’m constantly amazed at the remarkable progress the institution is making toward finding a cure,” he added.
The tour was highlighted with presentations from four prominent City of Hope physicians and researchers, including Susanne Warner, M.D., John Zaia, M.D., the Aaron D. Miller and Edith Miller Chair in Gene Therapy, Victoria Seewaldt M.D., the Ruth Ziegler Chair in Population Sciences, and Larry Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., the Dr. Michael Friedman Professor in Translational Medicine. The luncheon also raised $5,000 in support of City of Hope.