We are excited to announce the honoree for the 2017 Sig Kohl Legacy Award: Dr. Seth Pollack!
Announced at the annual Stories From The Vineyard gala, Dr. Pollack was selected from a prestigious group of four nominees for his considerable contributions to advancing treatments for sarcoma cancers.
Dr. Pollack, accepting the award at Stories From The Vineyard on September 30, 2017. Watch the live recording of the program here.
Dr. Pollack is no stranger to sarcoma, nor to the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. In just three years, he has led a small research lab at Fred Hutch to remarkable achievements, including three clinical trials and ground-breaking progress on immunotherapy treatments.
Most recently, Dr. Pollack is working to leverage the funds contributed by the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation, as well as many other supporters, to increase the number of sarcoma cancer samples stored in the institution’s tissue bank. Access to cancerous tissue is critical for researchers, which is why so much effort is going into building this tissue and database bank.
“We will see a big increase in the number of samples being stored and accessed in the years to come,” said Pollack. “It’s taken some time to get set up, and now we are really seeing those efforts pay off.”
We expect to see many more headlines from the sarcoma lab in the years to come with Dr. Pollack at the lead. In addition to his work locally, he travels internationally to collaborate with and educate sarcoma researchers with an ambitious goal: to end sarcoma.
On behalf of the thousands of sarcoma fighters in the Pacific Northwest, the many advocates and care takers, and our board of directors and staff, it’s our great pleasure to honor Dr. Seth Pollack with the 2017 Sig Kohl Legacy award. He has truly established a legacy at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle, a legacy of providing hope to those fighting this rare disease.
The Sig Kohl Legacy award is given annually in memory of Sigfried Kohl, who lost his battle with sarcoma in 2016.
The Northwest Sarcoma Foundation supports sarcoma patients through financial assistance grants, social support, and education. For more information about the foundation, visit our website at www.nwsarcoma.org.