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Beat the Odds 2021

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A virtual program to be held on

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Register by clicking here

Annual Cynthia Shenker Memorial Speaker - Dr. Margaret Gatti-Mays, Assistant Professor at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center, in the Division of Medical Oncology at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.  Dr. Gatti-Mays is also a member of the Pelotonia Institute for ImmunoOncology. 

Dr. Gatti-Mays is a nationally recognized physician scientist and assistant professor in the Division of Medical Oncology where she specializes in breast cancer, immunotherapy, and early phase clinical trials. She received her Master's Degree of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University and her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine where she also completed a residency in Internal Medicine and served as Chief Resident. Additionally, Dr. Gatti-Mays completed a Fellowship, in Medical Oncology, at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health.

As a member of the Translational Therapeutics Program at the OSUCCC – James and the Pelotonia Institute of Immuno-Oncology, Dr. Gatti-Mays' clinical research is focused on finding ways to use immunotherapy in breast cancer through evaluating novel immunotherapy agents and designing innovative clinical trials. In addition to her clinical and research work, she is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and active in the Society for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Gatti-Mays' presentations will be followed by a Q&A.

Breast cancer patients and survivors, adult family members, friends, caregivers, and healthcare professionals and researchers are welcome to participate. The program is offered free of charge, but advance registration is required.

Please note that each registrant will be provided a link to join this virtual event, via email, in advance of the program . Links cannot be posted or shared for security purposes.

To register for this event CLICK HERE.

Program Sponsors:

Crisafulli Bros., New York Oncology Hematology, Soroptomists of Saratoga County, St. Peter's Health Partners, and Team Hinman


Articles Related to Breast Cancer Immunotherapy:

Does immunotherapy treat breast cancer? MD Anderson Cancer Center

How is Immunotherapy for Breast Cancer Changing the Outlook for Patients? Cancer Research Institute

Targeting metastatic breast cancer with CAR T-cell immunotherapy Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

New Cancer Treatments May Be On The Horizon - Thanks to mRNA Vaccines National Geographic


Past Events

2020 Beat the Odds

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 - A Virtual Educational Event

Forum Focus:  New Triple Negative Breast Cancer Treatments and Understanding and Accessing Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer

Our Cynthia Shenker Memorial Speaker - Jung-Min Lee, MD, Oncologist with the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute.

Click here to view the YouTube recording of this event.

2019 Beat the Odds

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs

Forum focus: Critical Issues Relating to Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Using Silicone Implants

Our Cynthia Shenker Memorial Speaker - Steven Nagel, MD, Surgical Oncologist, Medical Officer, Division of Surgical Devices and Drug Safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Andrew Warheit, MD, Radiologist, St. Peter's Health Partners

Following the presentations, To Life! held a Question and Answer period to further address the topic. The panel included Dr. Nagel and Dr. Warheit and they were joined by Danielle Kroll, MD, Breast Oncologist and Medical Officer at the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

If you would like to hear the complete audio from the Q & A panel discussion, please go to our YouTube page or click on the link below.


2018 Beat the Odds
Wednesday, August 8th, 2018, 8am - 12noon
Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs


Luba Djurdjinovic, MS
Genetic Counselor, Executive Director, Ferre Institute, Ferre Genetics, Inc.

Edward M. Liebers, MD
Medical Oncologist, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group

Jennifer Herbert Benedict
Mom, RN, Breast Cancer Survivor