The American Society of Cytopathology Foundation is going strong. In November 2018, the ASC 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington DC completed the “100 Years of Color and Beyond” campaign celebrating the life and contributions of Dr. George Papanicolaou. The ASC Foundation Board is excited to report that the campaign goal of $75,000 was exceeded. It is with great appreciation to all the contributors to report that we raised $83,000 for this worthy cause.

The ASC 67th Annual Scientific Meeting is in Salt Lake City, Utah, and 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The ASC will celebrate this historic event with the ASC Foundation fundraiser, “Uniting a Nation-Fighting Cancer Together” with a fundraising goal of $100,000. An evening of dinner, dancing and camaraderie will highlight the meeting with “The Golden Spike Gala: 150 Years of Unity” as we all work together to FIGHT CANCER, SAVING LIVES ONE CELL AT A TIME! The ASC Foundation’s Art for Advocacy Auction will announce the winning bidders during The Golden Spike Gala. 100% of the art proceeds will be donated to patient advocacy programs supported by the ASC Foundation.

The ASC Foundation is sponsoring a Cytology Photo Contest at the Annual Scientific Meeting this year. Over 60 images were received at the National Office. A selection committee had the daunting task of selecting 24 of these superb images for display at the Annual Scientific Meeting. Meeting participants can vote for their favorite image by way of donations to the ASC Foundation. The Foundation will then use the top 12 images to produce a cytology calendar, which will be available through the ASC Online Store. People who donate $100.00 or more to the Foundation will receive a complimentary calendar.

The ASC Foundation has over 1,400 supporters including ASC members, leadership and industry friends; through their generous donations, we have raised over $2.7 million to date. The Foundation has allocated $1.9 million since its inception to fund important programs to include the following:

  • Travel Scholarships to over 150 cytotechnologists and cytopathology fellows or pathology residents to attend the ASC Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Cytopathology Research Grants in excess of $300,000 for innovative work that serves to improve patient care and advance the cytopathology profession.
  • ASC Foundation’s Patient Advocacy Grants that have directly benefitted the underserved in the US as well as globally to include Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, and Rwanda. Most of these grants are granted to programs outside of the ASC membership.

Hologic, a long standing supporter of the ASC Foundation, has generously donated $50,000 again this year. Roche Diagnostics is another noteworthy corporate partner that supports the ASC Foundation regularly. The Foundation is strong due to all the contributions made whether large or small.

The ASC Foundation would like to express special appreciation to the individuals listed below who are in our Papanicolaou Clubs. These individuals have selflessly contributed over $10,000 to the ASC Foundation since its beginning and the list is growing.

Platinum Papanicolaou Club

William B. Zeiler, MD

Golden Papanicolaou Club

R. Marshall Austin, MD

Papanicolaou Club

William J. Frable, MD

Lydia P. Howell, MD

Gladwyn Leiman, MD

Dina R. Mody, MD

Ann T. Moriarty, MD

Mary R. Schwartz, MD

President’s Club

Barbara A. Crothers, MD

Diane D. Davey, MD

Yener S. Erozan, MD

Prabodh K. Gupta, MD, FIAC

David B. Kaminsky, MD, FIAC

June H. Koizumi, MD

Leopold G. Koss, MD

Ronald D. Luff, MD, MPH

Martha B. Pitman, MD

Celeste N. Powers, MD, PhD

Dorothy L. Rosenthal, MD, FIAC

Miquel A. Sanchez, MD

Diane Solomon, MD

We look forward to new and exciting opportunities for the ASC Foundation and our Society for 2020.