Rapid City, SD – The John T. Vucurevich Foundation will host “An Evening with Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D,” a gifted physician and writer bringing new insights into the causes and cures of cancer, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater, Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:30 P.M.
Siddhartha Mukherjee is a pioneering physician, oncologist, and Pulitzer Prize-winner author who has redefined our public discourse on human health, medicine, and science. Current medical treatment boils down to six words: Have disease, take a pill, kill something. But physician Siddhartha Mukherjee points to a future of medicine that will transform the way we heal. A profoundly influential voice in the scientific community, he is best known for his books, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which earned him the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, and the Gene: An Intimate History, the story of the quest to decipher the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans, that governs our form, function, and fate and determines the future of our children. The Gene: An Intimate History, won international awards and was recognized by The Washington Post and The New York Times as one of the most influential books of 2016.
His groundbreaking studies into the composition and behavior of cancer cells have pushed the boundaries of modern medicine. His innovative research signals a paradigm shift in cancer pathology and has enabled the development of treatments that reach beyond current pharmaceutical models toward new biological and cellular therapies. Serving as an assistant professor medicine at Columbia University and as a staff cancer physician at the university’s medical center, Dr.Mukherjee generates hope for countless patients and families around the world, while revolutionizing our blueprint for healing. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School.
In addition to the Foundation’s philanthropic work, its founder, John Vucurevich, enjoyed bringing foreign dignitaries and others with diverse view points on a multitude of topics to Rapid City. Thus began, “An Evening With…” speaker series in 1993, providing an educational opportunity for the general public covering diverse topics. Ticket sales cover only a portion of the cost of this event, the remaining cost is funded by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. Past speakers include Former Prime Minister David Cameron, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Benazir Bhutto, Ehud Barak, Colin Powell, and Margaret Thatcher.
The John T. Vucurevich Foundation awards grants generally to organizations within the State of South Dakota, with preference given to the West River area and in particular to the Black Hills region. Funding priorities will be in the areas of the arts, education and health and human services. We will continue to accept unsolicited proposals; however, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation plans to take a leadership role in facilitating solutions to priority areas. Collaborating for Change is key to solving issues in Western South Dakota to make the greatest impact.
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 21, 2019, simultaneously at 10:00 A.M., whether by phone, box office or website, www.gotmine.com., and are limited to 6 tickets per transaction. Ticket cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and can be purchased at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office at 1-800-GOT-MINE, 605-394-4111, www.gotmine.com. All seating will be reserved. Cameras, recording and video equipment will be prohibited the night of the performance.