Beckstrand Cancer Foundation Announces Two New Staff Additions

Sarah Unke and Taylor Gramkow Join Nonprofit in Support of Local Cancer Community

Newport Beach, CA, July 18, 2009 --( Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving and enhancing quality of life for cancer patients and their families, has announced that Sarah Unke and Taylor Gramkow have joined the organization. Unke will serve as Manager of Office and Patient Services and Gramkow as Development Intern.

“The entire staff and Board of Directors are excited to welcome Sarah and Taylor to Beckstrand Cancer Foundation,” shares Lil Spitzer, its Executive Director. “Their experience and ambition, coupled with their undeniable compassion for those in need, will be assets to us and to the community.”

Unke received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Concordia University after studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. In her new position at the Foundation, Unke will oversee administrative operations, serve as liaison between patient beneficiaries and Executive Staff, and help coordinate support for local events. She currently resides in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Gramkow is a student at Chapman University, scheduled to earn his bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2009. He is the current president of the school’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He resides in Orange, Calif.

About Beckstrand Cancer Foundation
Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 by Dr. Grant Beckstrand and a group of doctors specializing in the treatment and care of cancer patients. For more than 30 years, the Foundation’s goal has been to improve and enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. This mission is achieved through an Individual Patient Assistance program in which the Foundation is unique in providing financial assistance, patient advocacy, supportive counseling and practical help to patients in the midst of their cancer treatment and struggling to cope with critical survival needs. While research is imperative to finding a cure, approximately 1.4 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2009, and little support is available to assist these victims with day-to-day living and basic needs. This is where Beckstrand Cancer Foundation serves as the missing link. For more information about Beckstrand Cancer Foundation or to learn more about The Diamond & Pearl Ball 2009, visit

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