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CORI Kids Against Cancer Group


CORI Kids Against Cancer is dedicated to helping kids get involved with the California Oncology Research Institute. The group is led and driven by high school and college students, who believe that children are often left feeling helpless when a friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer. This group intends to show kids that they can be proactive in the fight against cancer and to demonstrate the many ways that kids can make a difference.

CORI Kids will raise awareness of cancer and CORI in the high school population through a network of student-run clubs. The first club will be organized at the Archer School for Girls in West Los Angeles. The club will organize and host fundraising events, such as concerts, fashion shows and social gatherings. The proceeds of the events will be given to CORI to support its research and outreach efforts. Additionally, the members of the club will contribute to CORI's outreach program directly by volunteering their time at CORI's educational events and planning outreach events of their own to reach out to the community. Ultimately, CORI Kids will establish a CORI Kids Against Cancer student group at multiple high schools across Los Angeles's Westside and inner-city. The network of student clubs will convene periodically, expanding the reach of CORI Kids's message and creating a supportive community of students united in the fight against cancer.

Simultaneously, CORI Kids will reach out to the college population by hosting a series of fund-raising concerts and developing a collection of film documentaries. Money raised from the concert revenues will be set aside to create a research grant in the name of David Culotti. A committee will review applications and the grant will be given to a top investigator in the field of lung cancer research. The film documentaries will demonstrate to the public that cancer and the emotional suffering that it causes can be better handled in a communal environment. The film screenings will raise funds and, eventually, a bi-annual film festival focusing on the widespread effects of cancer will be organized. Through the film project, CORI Kids hopes to inspire others to share their own pain in the face of cancer, and to find a way to cope with the struggle together.

As the group continues to grow and develop, new activities will be added. We look forward to the many exciting projects that CORI Kids Against Cancer has in its near future and we will provide updates as this new sector of CORI advances. If you know any students who would like to take part in CORI Kids, please contact the CORI office for further details.


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The California Oncology Research Institute (CORI) is committed to curing cancer through innovative research, early detection, education, and novel treatments. At CORI, we are dedicated to our patients and their needs, while providing a high-level of support. The CORI vision revolves around the value of collaborative medicine which can be tailored to each patients individual needs.

CORI is a unique cancer research organization with international collaboration. The surgeons and scientists are considered global leaders and have National Cancer Institute funded federal grants in both colon cancer and melanoma. The results of this research have been published in prestigious journals such as Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Surgery, Archives of Surgery and Clinical Cancer Research. Members of CORI have also been recognized for their work by invitations to present at national meetings including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Surgeons and the American Surgical Association and have been invited experts to CNN.

CORI also recognizes the needs of the underserved communities and to this end have established collaborations with the Wellness community as well as the NAACP. CORI members provide educational seminars on cancer prevention, early detection of cancer as well as innovative treatments.

CORI members are regarded by there peers as experts in melanoma, colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreas cancer, stomach cancer and breast cancer. Minimally invasive procedures such as the sentinel node and laparoscopy are routinely performed. Unnecessary lymph node dissections are avoided and laparoscopic colon and liver resections are preferred which results in faster recovery.

CORI integrates research with clinical medicine to improve your chances for cure.

• Advanced diagnostic imaging (MRI, PET/CT, CT, chest x-ray, ultrasound, mammography, and colonoscopy
• Innovative genetic and tumor specimen testing
• Carefully executed biopsies and targeted fine-needle aspirations for molecular profiling
• Preventive and risk-reducing surgery
• Research studies for cancer screening
• Personal and individualized prevention plans
• Educational materials
When you choose CORI, you will become a part of our family. Our clinicians are dedicated to making your treatment as effective as possible, while attending to your individual needs, and exceeding them. We believe that education is an important part of the treatment process and have, therefore, compiled important information in the "For Patients" section of our Website. CORI's treatment plans are individualized according to the needs of each of our patients. We believe in combining traditional and alternative treatment methods to provide you with physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


If you have any questions regarding cancer research, clinical trials, melanoma, colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreas cancer, stomach cancer, or breast cancer, please send us an email to or call 310-883-0096. We will be more than happy to provide you with further information.