Partnership for Cures forms Rockford chapter

Partnership for Cures, a Chicago-based 501(c)3 public charity established to find near-term cures to help defeat life-threatening diseases, is pleased to announce the formation of their Rockford chapter.

The Rockford group represents the first and only outside chapter for Partnership for Cures.

“We are excited and pleased to establish the Rockford Chapter,” said George N. Goldman, chairman for Partnership for Cures. “With their support and dedication, we are looking forward to being able to expand our influence in many more areas of medical research.”

The Rockford chapter of Partnership for Cures was founded in spring 2007 by a group of Rockford philanthropists and business professionals who understand and support the critical need to drive better treatments and cures to help people with life-threatening disease right now. This founding group of individuals, joined by dozens of additional Rockford humanitarians, has established aggressive goals to raise funds to help fund a wide variety of innovative medical research projects to attack virtually any catastrophic disease.

The mission for the newly-formed Rockford chapter is to fund and manage only research with near-term breakthrough cure-potential, utilizing techniques such as repurposing of already approved drugs and validating natural remedies otherwise ignored by the “for profit” world. In line with the “Two Years to Cures” initiative established by Partnership for Cures, the Rockford chapter will work to bring funders, researchers and institutions together to drive better treatments and cures to patients with disease in two years or fewer.

Prominent Rockford business leader Bruce Hagshenas is hosting the Rockford chapter’s invitation-only inaugural event May 10. Hagshenas is president of Benefit Planning Services Inc., the Rockford subsidiary of National Financial Partner (NFP) a NYSE-listed company. Dr. Bruce Bloom, president and chief scientific officer for Partnership for Cures, will provide the keynote address.

For more information about the Rockford chapter of Partnership for Cures, visit or contact Rockford chapter board member Doug Prater at 815-720-2702.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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