Ron and Diane Weintraub Make a Substantial Donation to the Gastric Cancer Fund to Sponsor the Gastric Cancer Registry

Published on: Feb 22, 2011

Gift made in memory of their beloved daughter, Beth Weintraub Schoenfeld

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, the Gastric Cancer Fund announced that it has received an important donation from Ron and Diane Weintraub of Tucson, Arizona to support the initial launch and operating expenses of the Gastric Cancer Registry.  This gift, which covers all staffing, execution and administrative costs, will support the formal launch of the Registry and its first two years of operation: 2011 and 2012. 

The gift was made in memory of their beloved daughter, Beth Weintraub Schoenfeld, who died at age 47 of gastric cancer on Jan. 2, 2010 in Ra’anana, Israel.  Born in Los Angeles, Mrs. Schoenfeld was raised in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona. After graduating from college, she was a production assistant at Harcourt Brace Publishers in San Diego. She attended the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) program in Israel before permanently moving there. In Israel, she worked for Eric Cohen Books and co-founded a marketing communications company with her husband, Dan Schoenfeld. She had four children, Aviv, Itai, Gilad and Dekel.  Mrs. Schoenfeld was active in the local schools and synagogue. 

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Ron and Diane Weintraub,” said Gastric Cancer Fund founder and Board Chair J.P. Gallagher. “This tremendous gift ensures that our registry will grow to support both patients and researchers as we aggressively look to learn more about this terrible disease.”

The Gastric Cancer Registry is a HIPAA compliant registry database that stores data regarding demographics, medical history, genetic testing, details regarding an individual’s gastric cancer (histology, stage and grade of tumor, treatment and surgery), family history and epidemiologic data.  Data will be used to explore a possible causal relationship between lifestyle, environment and personal risk factors in the development of gastric cancer.  The registry database is designed so that researchers can analyze multiple variables in seconds and also can export data into formats that can be analyzed in the future using more sophisticated analysis methods.  Having recently completed beta testing, full production of the registry will begin in mid March. 

Ron retired from a successful educational publishing career.  Diane retired from a long career in real estate.  The Weintraubs have played an active role in leading Jewish organizations as well as those in the general community in Tucson and nationally, including various civic, community and health related charities.

About The Gastric Cancer Fund

The Gastric Cancer Fund is dedicated to helping people fight gastric cancer. Through education, research, support, and advocacy, the organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by gastric cancer and working with leading researchers to find a cure to this disease.  For more information on The Gastric Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.gastriccancer.org.

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