Jeremy Poincenot and Maureen Shul
Article and photo by Nancy Koontz
Maureen Shul, former and founding mayor of the City of Castle Pines, has much to be proud of. Her Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research nonprofit, which she founded in 2012 after losing both her brother, Victor, and mother, Blanche, to pancreatic cancer within months of each other, has since raised close to a million dollars to establish funding for targeted pancreatic cancer research projects with the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Through various clinical trials targeting pancreatic cancer, the funding from Wings of Hope has made a significant impact in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Wings of Hope proudly presented its yearly fundraiser “An Evening of Hope” on September 28 at the Glenmoor Country Club. The event featured internationally known and legally blind golf professional, Jeremy Poincenot, who has won numerous golf championships, as the keynote speaker for the evening. Poincenot is known for empowering his audiences with his message of “turning trauma into triumph and living a limitless life.”
The distinguished oncology team from the University of Colorado Cancer Center also spoke about the strides being made through clinical trials, in part funded by Wings of Hope.
The event featured music, food and drink stations, a silent and live auction, and original paintings from Arturo Garcia for sale. Garcia is an artist, author and pancreatic cancer survivor.
Several pancreatic cancer patients spoke bravely of their battle with pancreatic cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
To support, donate, volunteer or request presentations about Wings of Hope, visit: www.wingsofhopepcr.org.