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University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center and Funky Winkerbean Cartoonist Tom Batiuk Establish Lisa's Legacy Fund for Cancer Research and Education
Date:10/2/2007

Serious subject for the funnies becomes basis for Lisa's Legacy Fund

CLEVELAND, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in a comic strip, Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk has depicted the death of a young wife and mother from the recurrence of breast cancer. Lisa Moore, a major character who is battling breast cancer for a second time, succumbs to the disease on Oct. 4, 2007, leaving behind her husband, Les, and their five-year-old daughter, Summer.

As a result of Batiuk's commitment to helping people facing their own real life battles with cancer, University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center in Cleveland has unveiled a fund called Lisa's Legacy Fund for Cancer Research and Education, named in honor of Batiuk's character and her subsequent story which has resonated with thousands of readers.

The University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center is one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, as designated by the National Institutes of Health. Currently in its 19th year of operation, it is a leading center for patient care, cancer research, and community education about cancer care. One hundred percent of the donations to Lisa's Legacy Fund will go to cancer research and education at Ireland Cancer Center. Ongoing research includes work on the development of a vaccine for breast cancer, a blood test for colon cancer, breakthrough chemotherapy treatments for all types of cancer featuring new drugs developed by the Center's clinician- scientists, and new approaches to radiation treatments. Ireland Cancer Center is one of only eight cancer centers in the country to have access to a pipeline of new drugs through the National Cancer Institute for early phase clinical trials.

Batiuk has granted UH Ireland Cancer Center permission to use Lisa's name and likeness to raise funds for cancer research and education. Additionally, Batiuk and King Features Syndicate, a Unit of Hearst Corporation, will donate all royalties from his b
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