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Conquer Cancer Foundation/Anna Braglia Endowed Young Investigator Award (YIA) in Cancer Supportive Care, supported by Helsinn, awarded to Dr. Allison Barz Leahy, MD, University of Pennsylvania

Conquer Cancer Foundation/Anna Braglia Endowed Young Investigator Award (YIA) in Cancer Supportive Care, supported by Helsinn, awarded to Dr. Allison Barz Leahy, MD, University of Pennsylvania

 Lugano, Switzerland, June 1, 2019 – Helsinn, the Swiss pharmaceutical group focused on building quality cancer care products, in conjunction with the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), today announces Allison Barz Leahy, MD, University of Pennsylvania, as the recipient of the Anna Braglia Endowed Young Investigator Award in Cancer Supportive Care for 2019.

Conquer Cancer’s Young Investigator Award (YIA) funds physicians who are in the final years of training to aid their transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment. The YIA is a one-year $50,000 grant that aims to promote quality research in clinical oncology.

The recipient of this endowed YIA, Dr. Allison B. Leahy, received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Leahy is a recent alumna of the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Training program managed by the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at CHOP and is currently finishing her thesis work for her Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Leahy’s clinical interests include investigating the benefits and barriers of using patient-reported symptom monitoring for children with cancer in an attempt to examine the impact of this type of monitoring on the quality of life, hospitalization rate and illness severity in childhood cancer. Dr. Leahy’s YIA project is entitled Symptom monitoring using patient-reported outcomes in newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients.

Established in 2016, the endowed YIA honors the life of Anna Braglia, the wife of Helsinn Group Founder and Chairman Gabriele Braglia and mother of Helsinn Group Vice Chairman and CEO Riccardo Braglia, who passed away in 2015. Helsinn endowed this award, which is part of Conquer Cancer’s ’s Grants and Award’s Program, to encourage more aspiring physicians to move into all areas of oncology by supporting them as they move from academia into research.

 Riccardo Braglia, Helsinn Group Vice Chairman and CEO, commented:Dr. Allison Leahy is an exceptional candidate for this award. Her work on patient-reported outcomes in childhood cancer has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for cancer care in children. At Helsinn, we strive to improve the standard of living for individuals with cancer. Dr. Leahy’s work aligns with our goals and visions to put the patient at the heart of the approach cancer care and we are delighted to be able to support her invaluable work. We wish Dr. Leahy the best with her project”  

Dr. Allison B. Leahy, said: ” I am greatly honored to receive the Anna Braglia Endowed Young Investigator Award in Cancer Supportive Care. This award will provide invaluable resources for the investigation of the use of patient-reported symptom monitoring in pediatric oncology care. Determining how best to incorporate the child’s voice into their medical care is essential – and we are hopeful that this work lay the necessary groundwork to enhance communication with the treating team, increase patient and family engagement in care, and ultimately lead to better clinical outcomes for children undergoing treatment for cancer.”

About the Helsinn Group

Helsinn is a privately-owned pharmaceutical group with an extensive portfolio of marketed cancer care products and a robust drug development pipeline. Since 1976, Helsinn has been improving the everyday lives of patients, guided by core family values of respect, integrity and quality. The Group works across pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and nutritional supplements and has expertise in research, development, manufacture and the commercialization of therapeutic and supportive care products for cancer, pain and inflammation and gastroenterology. In 2016, Helsinn created the Helsinn Investment Fund to support early-stage investment opportunities in areas of unmet patient need. The company is headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland, with operating subsidiaries in Switzerland, Ireland and the U.S., a representative office in China as well as a product presence in approximately 190 countries globally.

 About Conquer Cancer

Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation, funds research into every facet of cancer to

benefit every patient, everywhere. In 1964, seven oncologists created the American

Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), now a global network of nearly 45,000 cancer

professionals. As ASCO’s foundation, Conquer Cancer helps turn science into a sigh

of relief for patients around the world by supporting groundbreaking research and

education across cancer’s full continuum.

 For more information, visit CONQUER.ORG.

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Several figures reach Singapore to mourn Ani Yudhoyono’s demise

Singapura (ANTARA) – Several ministers and figures landed in Singapore soon after news broke out of Ani Yudhoyono’s death to pay their final respects to the First Lady during the 2004-2014 period.

According to ANTARA’s monitoring at the National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore on Saturday, several working cabinet ministers had arrived at the location where Ani Yudhoyono was receiving treatment for almost four months.

Those present comprised Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, and Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu.

Numerous other figures also present to pay their final respects included former minister of education and culture M. Nuh, former minister of foreign affairs Dino Patti Djalal, and former coordinating minister for people’s welfare Agung Laksono.

Officials of the Democrat Party that arrived comprised Chairman of the Democratic Party DPP Dede Yusuf and Democratic Party Secretary General Hinca Panjaitan.

Democrat Party spokesperson Imelda Sari stated at a press conference at NUH in Singapore on Saturday that numerous ministers were present in NUH, and some others would also be arriving at the hospital where Ms Ani was undergoing treatment.

Sari remarked that currently, all members of the big families of Sarwo Edhi Wibowo, both sister and brother of Ani Yudhoyono, were already present at NUH, Singapore.

Until now, all members of the families are awaiting further plans over the repatriation of Ani Yudhoyono’s body.

“We will inform about the next plan to the media colleagues, who have been here and look forward to further developments, and then directly communicate with Mr. (SBY) and also the family,” he stated.

Ani Yudhoyono, whose full name is Kristiani Herrawati, died of blood cancer on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 11:50 local time at NUH, Singapore.

Source: Antara News

Ani Yudhoyono, the last wing of a soldier’s daughter

Following four months of aggressive treatment at the National University Hospital in Singapore, former First Lady Ani Yudhoyono breathed her last on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

With her demise, Indonesia has lost one of its finest figures, who served as first lady to the sixth Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) during the 2004-2014 period.

During the SBY administration’s decade-long term, the government was confounded with numerous challenges for which quick and accurate solutions were found.

Merely few months into assuming office as president to replace Megawati Soekarnoputri, a tsunami devastated Aceh and Nias in December 20014, resulting in Indonesia incurring huge losses.

During that time, the government had to promptly implement emergency response measures to move the dead and care for the injured while supporting survivors and setting up refugee camps. Even as assistance from friendly nations later poured in, the government also had to ensure that aid was channeled properly without affecting the sovereignty of the country.

In the midst of these challenges, Ani Yudhoyono, as the first lady, was by the president’s side, lending support, not only to her husband but also to the Acehnese affected by this major disaster.

Ani then formed an organization for the wives of cabinet ministers called SIKIB that works in the field of children’s education, by initiating mobile libraries, or “perpustakaan keliling.”

One of the popular programs is to promote the establishment of smart houses, or “rumah pintar,” aimed at providing space for children to access reading books and a place for women to pick up skills and families to have empowerment activities.

Ani Yudhoyono, the third child of Military General Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, was born in Yogyakarta on July 6, 1952.

Her biography titled “Ani Yudhoyono: Kepak Sayap Putri Prajurit” (Ani Yudhoyono: the Wings of a Soldier’s Daughter) sheds light on Ani being born and raised in a family of soldiers, who were constantly on the move to follow her father’s assignments.

Ani’s life, as quoted from the biography written by Alberthiene Endah, could not be separated from soldiers.

SBY, whom she married on July 30, 1976, was also an Army officer, who later became the president, while Ani’s eldest son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, also was a soldier, although he retired early as a major.

Photography

In the midst of her hectic life as first lady, Ani harbored keen interest in photography, with several of her photographs shot on camera posted on her Instagram account @aniyudhoyono that has 6.4 million followers.

Ani’s Instagram posts frequently drew positive responses and comments from netizens, while she seemed to enjoy photography as a hobby in addition to gardening.

The journalists that reported during SBY’s administration knew Ani as also being a friendly and warm figure. During official events at the Presidential Palace as well as visits to regions in Indonesia and abroad, she always greeted reporters on several occasions.

Not only greeting them, Ani also obliged with requests for joint photographs from journalists, covering the president’s activities on several occasions.

An interesting fact about Ani Yudhoyono was that before the 2014 election, several people had anticipated her becoming a candidate for president. However, Ani remained unwavering in her stance to not enter politics, as she elucidated in her biography published in 2010.

“If SBY is not a president, then the most honorable position for me is to continue to be Mrs. SBY. Not to be president,” she stated.

Last wing flap

In February 2019, SBY had informed the public of Ani’s health after she was diagnosed with blood cancer. The news came as a shock to the public, as Ani was known to be an active woman.

In 2018, Ani was active on a tour of the Democratic Party, led by SBY, to several Indonesian regions. A year earlier, Ani, accompanied her first son, Agus Harimurti, on a campaign for the Jakarta regional election that was later won by Anies Baswedan and his pair Sandiaga Uno as governor and vice governor of Jakarta.

Since February this year, Ani Yudhoyono was in Singapore for the treatment of her illness. SBY then decided to curtail his political activities to offer full support and care for his lovely wife.

Several figures, including President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana, had paid a visit to Ani at the hospital to support her.

However, God had a different plan for Ani. A month before her 67th birthday, the woman, whose full name was Kristiani Herrawati, passed away.

Ani is survived by SBY, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Source: Antara News

Ani Yudhoyono, the last wing of a soldier’s daughter

Following four months of aggressive treatment at the National University Hospital in Singapore, former First Lady Ani Yudhoyono breathed her last on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

With her demise, Indonesia has lost one of its finest figures, who served as first lady to the sixth Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) during the 2004-2014 period.

During the SBY administration’s decade-long term, the government was confounded with numerous challenges for which quick and accurate solutions were found.

Merely few months into assuming office as president to replace Megawati Soekarnoputri, a tsunami devastated Aceh and Nias in December 20014, resulting in Indonesia incurring huge losses.

During that time, the government had to promptly implement emergency response measures to move the dead and care for the injured while supporting survivors and setting up refugee camps. Even as assistance from friendly nations later poured in, the government also had to ensure that aid was channeled properly without affecting the sovereignty of the country.

In the midst of these challenges, Ani Yudhoyono, as the first lady, was by the president’s side, lending support, not only to her husband but also to the Acehnese affected by this major disaster.

Ani then formed an organization for the wives of cabinet ministers called SIKIB that works in the field of children’s education, by initiating mobile libraries, or “perpustakaan keliling.”

One of the popular programs is to promote the establishment of smart houses, or “rumah pintar,” aimed at providing space for children to access reading books and a place for women to pick up skills and families to have empowerment activities.

Ani Yudhoyono, the third child of Military General Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, was born in Yogyakarta on July 6, 1952.

Her biography titled “Ani Yudhoyono: Kepak Sayap Putri Prajurit” (Ani Yudhoyono: the Wings of a Soldier’s Daughter) sheds light on Ani being born and raised in a family of soldiers, who were constantly on the move to follow her father’s assignments.

Ani’s life, as quoted from the biography written by Alberthiene Endah, could not be separated from soldiers.

SBY, whom she married on July 30, 1976, was also an Army officer, who later became the president, while Ani’s eldest son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, also was a soldier, although he retired early as a major.

Photography

In the midst of her hectic life as first lady, Ani harbored keen interest in photography, with several of her photographs shot on camera posted on her Instagram account @aniyudhoyono that has 6.4 million followers.

Ani’s Instagram posts frequently drew positive responses and comments from netizens, while she seemed to enjoy photography as a hobby in addition to gardening.

The journalists that reported during SBY’s administration knew Ani as also being a friendly and warm figure. During official events at the Presidential Palace as well as visits to regions in Indonesia and abroad, she always greeted reporters on several occasions.

Not only greeting them, Ani also obliged with requests for joint photographs from journalists, covering the president’s activities on several occasions.

An interesting fact about Ani Yudhoyono was that before the 2014 election, several people had anticipated her becoming a candidate for president. However, Ani remained unwavering in her stance to not enter politics, as she elucidated in her biography published in 2010.

“If SBY is not a president, then the most honorable position for me is to continue to be Mrs. SBY. Not to be president,” she stated.

Last wing flap

In February 2019, SBY had informed the public of Ani’s health after she was diagnosed with blood cancer. The news came as a shock to the public, as Ani was known to be an active woman.

In 2018, Ani was active on a tour of the Democratic Party, led by SBY, to several Indonesian regions. A year earlier, Ani, accompanied her first son, Agus Harimurti, on a campaign for the Jakarta regional election that was later won by Anies Baswedan and his pair Sandiaga Uno as governor and vice governor of Jakarta.

Since February this year, Ani Yudhoyono was in Singapore for the treatment of her illness. SBY then decided to curtail his political activities to offer full support and care for his lovely wife.

Several figures, including President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana, had paid a visit to Ani at the hospital to support her.

However, God had a different plan for Ani. A month before her 67th birthday, the woman, whose full name was Kristiani Herrawati, passed away.

Ani is survived by SBY, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Source: Antara News