Actually, welcome spring! I'm enjoying
Spring Break with my little Alli and my son
Ryan, who is home from Med School. He's
having fun learning all about saving lives,
and Alli is not having fun learning her
times tables. From one extreme to the other!
I'm pleased to announce that our nonprofit
status has finally come through for the new
California based Robert Urich Foundation for
Cancer Research. It only took a couple of
years of cutting through red tape and
jumping through hoops! I'm still affiliated
with the Urich Fund at The University of
Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. But, I
wanted to develop a California based
Foundation so that I would have more hands
on control of how the events are produced. I
also felt the need to fund programs for all
forms of cancer while working in affiliation
with The Sarcoma Foundation of America as
well as The University of Michigan. We are
off to the races and are planning a big
event for this coming fall. Marc Cherry,
creator/producer of "Desperate Housewives,"
has graciously offered to help us out with a
dinner/auction on the set of Wisteria Lane.
More to come on that!!
I'm off to NYC next month to attend the 5th
annual Sarcoma Foundation of America's
fundraising event. This year they are
honoring all past courage award recipients,
myself included. Two years ago I accepted a
posthumous award for Robert. I wasn't the
one with the courage, he was. This year
there will be a special guest appearance by
Anthony Fedorov, a popular American Idol,
who recently lost his brother to sarcoma.
The most important strides The SFA has been
making have been to change the FDA laws to
allow for more drugs to be approved for
sarcoma and other rare cancers.