Unite to grow understanding, fight cancer

September 4, 2008 —

Tomorrow at 7 p.m. (Iowa time), ABC, NBC & CBS will stand together to Stand Up To Cancer.  Tune into any of those networks to see it. A first-time event, the Stand Up project is funded by the American Association for Cancer Research and aims to bring together researchers in the fight to understand and beat cancer. By bringing famous faces and Hollywood dollars together, the tv component of this effort aims to shine a spotlight on cancer research.

At DMU we are hosting our own event for cancer awareness in September. The Katie Miller Young Adult Cancer Conference on Sept. 24 will bring together cancer experts, a panel of young cancer patients, local physicians and inquiring young minds. The event is named after Katherine “Katie” Miller, a DMU student who lost her fight to colorectal cancer in 2005 at the age of 26. The event is free, includes dinner and is open to all. Please RSVP by Sept. 19. The page includes a bio of Katie if you’d like to learn more about this inspiring young woman.



Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.


  • Thomas

    Thank you for getting the word out about Stand Up to Cancer. The event was a big success!