An Extraordinary Auxiliary

The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary was founded in 1982 and since then has raised nearly $20 million to fund groundbreaking research, vital new laboratory equipment and the nationally recognized surgical oncology fellowship program.

Back in the early 1980’s the late Sandy Cohen and Noreen Nelson, both former patients of the the institutes cofounder Donald L. Morton, M.D., invited 14 women for lunch and the auxiliary was born. Today it is 800 strong with a board of 40 that includes the daughters of Sandy and Noreen.

Each Spring more than 500 people attend the auxiliary’s biggest fundraiser, the Odyssey Ball to help donate to cancer research. In 2018 the event raised half a million to fund groundbreaking research and surgical oncology fellowship education at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. At each Odyssey Ball, the auxiliary honors and celebrates members of our community and their efforts in the fight against cancer.

Through volunteering, hosting educational meetings and fundraisers, the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary is helping to bring us closer to a world without cancer.

Read more about the Auxiliary and their support in the fight against cancer here.