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John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary
Patrick Wayne (son of John Wayne and Chairman, John Wayne Cancer Institute), honorees Sheri Rosenblum and Jason Jeralds, and Anita Swift (granddaughter of John Wayne and President, John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary).  Photo by:  Vince Bucci
Patrick Wayne (son of John Wayne and Chairman, John Wayne Cancer Institute), honorees Sheri Rosenblum and Jason Jeralds, and Anita Swift (granddaughter of John Wayne and President, John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary).  Photo by:  Vince Bucci






SANTA MONICA, CA (Oct. 20, 2016) – The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary honored Sheri Rosenblum with the Angel Award and Jason Jeralds with the Public Service Award at its Annual Membership Luncheon and Boutique October 19, 2016, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Prior to the luncheon, more than 300 guests enjoyed a boutique featuring fine and costume jewelry, clothing, accessories and other items. Vendors donated a portion of their proceeds to fund life-saving research at the Institute.

Event chairs were Auxiliary board members Marisol Zarco and Katie Lewis who welcomed guests into the Grand Ballroom, before introducing Sister Maureen Craig, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation chaplain, who offered the invocation. 

For the fourth consecutive year, actor, producer, writer and currently president and co-owner of Amplus Real Estate Investment Company, Gerard DiNome, served as the afternoon’s host.  Gerard noted the accomplishments of the auxiliary over the past 34 years “as extraordinary.  We cannot begin to count the number of lives that have and will be saved, thanks in no small measure to the dollars you’ve raised to support cancer research.”

Anita Swift, president of the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary and granddaughter of the late, eponymous actor, paid homage to the Institute noting “I know how proud my grandfather would be that we remain one of the most successful cancer research centers in the world.  The breakthroughs made here continue to have a global impact.” 

Melanie Wayne, auxiliary treasurer and CFO, and granddaughter of John Wayne and members of the Wayne family, presented a check on behalf of the auxiliary in the amount of $454,520 to the Institute’s chairman of the board Patrick Wayne and the chief executive of Providence Saint John’s Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute, Marcel Loh.  In accepting the check, Patrick Wayne, the late actor’s son, thanked the auxiliary and everyone in the room and noted, “There is truly strength in numbers and I know we won’t stop until we find a cure!”

Gloria Gebbia, president of the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Research (ABCs), presented the Angel Award to her friend and honoree Sheri Rosenblum.   Rosenblum has been a dedicated member of the John Wayne Cancer Institute auxiliary since 1986. She has held multiple leadership positions on the auxiliary board and is one of its strongest supporters. She has served as Parent Teacher Association president, president of Haven House, vice president of the ABCs and has raised funds for the Kidney Foundation.

Patrick Wayne presented the Public Service Award to Jason Jeralds who has been a longtime friend and supporter of the John Wayne Cancer Institute. As the owner of Tustin Brewing Company in Orange County, Jeralds organizes the annual Tustin Brewery Golf Tournament, now in its 10th year, to raise funds and awareness for cancer research at the Institute. This year, Tustin Brewery celebrated its 20th anniversary with a party where all proceeds benefited the Institute. Jason has two children with his wife Tera. When he and Tera were expecting their first child, his father was battling cancer. Thanks to the treatment Jason’s father received at the Institute, he was able to witness the birth of his grandchild.

About the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center

Since 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute’s programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere. 


About the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary

Established in 1982 by two breast cancer survivors, the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary is currently helmed by president Anita Swift, granddaughter of John Wayne. The auxiliary has raised more than $19 million to fund a wide array of the Institute’s priorities including groundbreaking research, vital new laboratory equipment and the nationally renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, which trains the next generation of surgical oncologists. For more information, please visit


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