Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research

September 3, 2020

2020 KINGSBURY OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT

Congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s Kingsbury Open which, once again, surpassed all expectations. For more on the tournament go to EVENTS.

Founder of WINGS OF HOPE Maureen Shul with Kingsbury Open founder Lisa Goodman

Founder of WINGS OF HOPE Maureen Shul with Kingsbury Open founder Lisa Goodman

2020 An Evening of Hope event

2020 An Evening of Hope event

KINGSBURY OPEN POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

2020 An Evening of Hope event

WINGS OF HOPE - proud partner of The Kingsbury Open, all proceeds of which go to fund pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. To register go to www.kingsburyopen.org

January 2020

Dominik Michal Wiktor, MD

in Memoriam

Dominik Michal Wiktor, MD

Dominik Michal Wiktor, MD

Dr. Dominik Wiktor, of Denver, CO, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2020 after a valiant battle with cancer. He spent his final days and weeks in this life at his home, surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Poland, September 29, 1980, Dominik came to the US as a young child and grew up in Connecticut. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dr. Marisa (Rosol) Wiktor and their two cherished daughters, Cecylia and Adeline, of Denver, CO; his parents, Tadeusz and Anna Wiktor, of Oxford, CT.; and his sister, Magdalena Wiktor and her husband Gabriel Luongo of Noank, CT. Dom is also survived by his parents-in-law, Dr. Stanley and Marcia Rosol of East Lansing, MI and brothers-in-law Ryan Rosol of Norman, OK and Dr. Derek Rosol of East Lansing, MI.

Dominik was an interventional cardiologist at the University of Colorado Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Medicine was his calling and life’s work. At 16, he began working as an EMT, which spurred his passion for helping and healing others. In 2003, he returned to his native Poland to attend medical school at Poznań University of Medical Sciences, where he earned his MD in 2007. He went on to complete post-doctoral training at Cleveland Clinic, residency at University Hospitals Cleveland, a fellowship in cardiology at Medical College of Wisconsin, and fellowships in adult congenital heart disease and interventional cardiology at University of Colorado.

In 2007, he met Marisa Rosol, a fellow fourth year medical student, during their clinical studies at Cleveland Clinic. For their first date, they attended Mass together, a fitting beginning for two people of strong faith. On September 4, 2010 Dominik and Marisa were married in Detroit, MI.

During their life together, Dom and Marisa supported one another in their training as physicians, first in Cleveland, OH, then in Milwaukee, WI, and finally settled, in Denver, CO, where they settled into professional and family life with their two daughters.

Dom lived life fully and was always up for a challenge or an adventure. He piloted airplanes, ran into burning buildings, made friends everywhere he went, owned and enthusiastically donned no fewer than three Buzz Lightyear costumes, to the great delight of his girls.

Dom was uncannily good at everything he tried. He was well-beloved by those around him wherever life took him. He was an excellent doctor. A phenomenal son and brother. He was a superhuman dad and an adoring husband. Dom was a great friend to many, had a fine sense of humor, and a commitment to teaching and helping those around him. He loved new experiences and was a joy to work with.

Those who knew Dominik Wiktor are the better for it. He was an amazing man who will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by his family, his many dear friends, his colleagues, and all those who had the great pleasure and blessing of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers, donations would preferably be directed to Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research in Dom’s memory.

Wings of Hope is an amazing charity based in Colorado, with 100% of charitable funds going directly to the University of Colorado pancreatic cancer research teams.

2020

In Memoriam

PAM HAFEMANN

PAM HAFEMANN

Over the years, the speakers at our WINGS OF HOPE annual benefits that have had the most impact and touched the most people have been those brave souls recounting their personal journeys with pancreatic cancer. Pam Hafemann spoke at two of our events, most recently this past September, when she shared her cancer had spread. To meet her was to know first hand what resilience is. To know her was to be in the presence of a faith so strong, so unshakeable, that you knew whatever was ahead she would meet head on with a peace that surpasses all understanding. It is with great sadness we learned of Pam’s recent passing. Pam did not lose her fight with pancreatic cancer as much as she lived a life of love, and light, and authentic connection with all who were fortunate enough to cross her path. Our loving support and prayers to Pam’s husband Gordon, her family and many friends. (Photo: Pam Hafemann at September 2019 WINGS OF HOPE benefit)

October 2019

KENDRA SCOTT BENEFIT FOR WINGS OF HOPE

KENDRA SCOTT BENEFIT FOR WINGS OF HOPE

L-R: Kendra Scott employee Taylor Dawson, WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul, WINGS OF HOPE board member Stacy Ohlsson, and Kendra Scott employee Lee-Ann Baz

Thanks to Kendra Scott who hosted a ‘Kendra Gives Back Party’ at their beautiful jewelry store in Cherry Creek, Colorado. A portion of all proceeds made the evening of the event went to WINGS OF HOPE to fund pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

September 2019

2019 EVENING OF HOPE

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s EVENING OF HOPE at the Glenmoor Country Club the biggest and most successful yet, all to benefit pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. For pictures and story see the events page.

Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research awards groundbreaking grants at CU Cancer Center

L to R: Dr. Sana Karam, featured speaker Jeremy Poincenot, WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul, WINGS OF HOPE board member and pancreatic cancer survivor Jim Comerford

February 2019

Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research awards groundbreaking grants at CU Cancer Center

For more go to NEWS.

Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research awards groundbreaking grants at CU Cancer Center

From left, Wings of Hope grant recipients Todd Pitts, Ph.D., and Peter Dempsey, Ph.D., Wings of Hope board members Courtney Walsh and Stephanie Ludwig, past grant recipient Kelly Sullivan, Ph.D., board member Lauren Ambrozic, grant recipient Dr. Karyn Goodman, board member Cheryl Meguid, Wings of Hope founder Maureen Shul, board member Jim Comerford, past grant recipient Joaquin Espinosa, Ph.D., grant recipient Dr. Wells Messersmith and Jerry Sinning, director of development, Faculty and Hospital Relations at the University of Colorado’s Office of Advancement. Grant recipients not pictured: Dr. Sana Karam, Dr. Richard Schulick and Dr. Yuwen Zhu.

JUNE 2018

2018 KINGSBURY OPEN

The 4th annual Kingsbury Open was held at Bear Dance in Larkspur, Colorado, with all proceeds going to pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. For more go to EVENTS.

Maureen Shul, founder of WINGS OF HOPE and Lisa Goodman, founder of the Kingsbury Open

Maureen Shul, founder of WINGS OF HOPE and Lisa Goodman, founder of the Kingsbury Open

MAY 2018

WORLD PANCREATIC CANCER COALITION CONFERENCE

CEO of World Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Rhonda Hatfield, CEO of WINGS OF HOPE Maureen Shul and PanCan Action Network CEO Julie Fleishman

CEO of World Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Rhonda Hatfield, CEO of WINGS OF HOPE Maureen Shul and PanCan Action Network CEO Julie Fleishman

For more on WPCC Conference go to EVENTS.

October 2017

WINGS OF HOPE recognized at the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s official unveiling of the Benefactor Wall at Anschutz Medical Campus. For more on this event go to EVENTS.

WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul and University of Colorado Chancellor Donald Elliman

WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul and University of Colorado Chancellor Donald Elliman

WINGS OF HOPE FACE MASKS NOW AVAILABLE
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Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Hope Face Mask

Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Hope Face Mask

WINGS OF HOPE "HOPE" NECKLACES NOW AVAILABLE
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Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer T-Shirt

WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH was formed in February 2012 by Maureen A. Shul after losing her mother and brother within months of one another to pancreatic cancer. The non-profit foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding for the ongoing research, clinical trials and treatment of pancreatic cancer patients at the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

The Shul Family

The Shul Family

Pancreatic cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, pancreatic cancer is the only one with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just 6 percent. This survival rate has not changed in the last 40 years.

By 2020 it is anticipated pancreatic cancer will rise from the third to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. (based on projected changes in U.S. population demographics and incidence of death rates).

With no early detection tools, effective treatments or adequate funding for research, the rapidly rising threat of pancreatic cancer urgently demands an increase in awareness and research funding.

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Founded out of grief, driven by purpose and in pursuit of making a difference, WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH is dedicated to
  - Accelerating the research
  - Providing the most advanced treatments
  - Finding the cure

CU Med Center doctors

Thomas Purcell, MD, MBA, University of Colorado Cancer Center

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