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That s All Greetings Donates to Cancer Center

THAT S ALL GREETINGS was started by Karen Kogan Rosenzweig and her sister, Debbie Kogan Lyda (above, center), while Ms. Lyda was undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer at UAB. During Ms. Lyda s stressful hospital stays, they would lighten the mood by appending That s all to otherwise heavy acknowledgments You have cancer. That s all! The sisters decided to share that healing power of humor with the rest of the world, designing a line of greeting cards incorporating the phrase. That s All Greetings now offers more than 50 cards on subjects from birthdays to breakups, in hun- dreds of stores across the United States as well as Canada, Jamaica, Australia and Bermuda.

Since its inception, That s All Greetings has donated a portion of all its proceeds to the ovarian cancer research of Ms. Lyda s surgeon, oncolo- gist and friend, Warner Huh, M.D. Last year, the sisters made a trip to the Cancer Center to present a check for $6,517 to support ovarian cancer research.

We are honored to receive such a thoughtful gift from a company whose staff knows the struggles and heartache of cancer all too well, says Dr. Huh, a professor in the UAB Division of Gynecologic Oncology. We will use these funds to further our research in hopes of developing better screening and prevention methods for ovarian cancer as well as helping patients win their battle against this disease.

Ms. Lyda lost her four-year battle with ovarian cancer on August 1, 2012. The Cancer Center is grateful for her support and encourages sup- porters to visit www.thatsallgreetings.com to learn more about Ms. Lyda and her inspirational story.

C A N C E R C E N T E R A D D S D E V E L O P M E N T S T A F F

The UAB Comprehensive

Cancer Center has added two

new staff members to its

Office of Development and

Community Relations.

Joining the group as

senior director of develop-

ment is Chris Thomason,

CFRE. Mr. Thomason is a certified fund-raising

executive who brings more than 20 years of devel-

opment experience to the Cancer Center, including

administration, board development, program man-

agement and financial development in the YMCA,

the Boy Scouts of America and most recently the

UAB School of Medicine. For the Cancer Center, he

will oversee all development and fund-raising initia-

tives, with a particular focus on major gifts.

When not actively raising money, Mr. Thomason

can be found watching soccer, hunting or fishing

with his wife Judith, daughter Aryn (19), and twin

sons Christian and Chandler (15). He and his sons

also share a love of the outdoors as Eagle Scouts.

The Thomason family volun-

teers in their community with

interests in scouting, children

with special needs, soccer

and UAB s Camp SHINE.

Also joining the Cancer

Center is Austin Hardison,

who comes on board as

development coordinator. Mr. Hardison will work

closely with Mr. Thomason to maintain and stew-

ard relationships with donors and with the Cancer

Center s Advisory and Young Supporters boards.

A native of Birmingham, Mr. Hardison gradu-

ated from Clemson University with a bachelor s

degree in health sciences administration. Prior to

joining the Cancer Center, he worked with Booster,

Inc., a company that partners with elementary

schools across the nation to increase their long-

term and short-term capital needs.