Dear Friends of ICRF,
My name is Blake Megdal and I am honored to be Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the ICRF and to succeed Prof. Benjamin Bonavida who devotedly and successfully served our chapter for over four years. I’m a real estate developer born and raised in Los Angeles and the third generation of my family to be active with the ICRF.
I am proud to serve the ICRF because I so eagerly believe and want to advance the ICRF mission: eradicating cancer for the benefit of all mankind. Sadly, we are all affected by this terrible disease, a disease that indiscriminately threatens us and our loved ones across ALL nations and religious groups.
I can’t think of a better way of contributing to the eradication of cancer than funding cancer research in Israel, a country that is home to some of the most talented, creative and dedicated cancer researchers in the world. I am convinced that Israel will play a vital role in curing cancer someday and I want to be a part of it. In addition, through the ICRF I get the added benefit and gratification of supporting a country and people I care so deeply about.
My excitement for the future of the ICRF is rooted in our organizations’ past success. Grants from the ICFR contributed to the first Nobel Prize in Chemistry in Israel, awarded to Drs. Hershko and Ciechanover, who to this day are still active with the ICRF. The research of Drs. Hershko and Cienchanover directly led to the development of FDA approved treatments for various forms of cancer. Each and every day, other ICRF funded scientists are developing new approaches to cancer treatments.
Over the next few years I am eager to be a part of the continued growth of the ICRF chapter in Los Angeles. I am especially excited to see our young professionals division (“Visions”) take an increasingly important role in the growth of our Los Angeles chapter. I encourage you all to get to know the ICRF and come to one of our events – I am sure that you will want to be a part of our mission.