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Gala for Life Honors Hutchins, Raises More than $1 Million for UAMS Cancer Institute


Laura Hutchins, M.D.

Honoree Laura Hutchins, M.D., (second from left)
with her family and Pat Walker (seated) for whom the
Pat and Willard Tribute Award is named. 


The 17th annual Gala for Life, benefiting the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) brought together more than 800 friends and supporters of the institute and raised more than $1 million to support the fight against cancer. 

The black-tie event was held in the Wally Allen Ballroom of Little Rock’s Statehouse Convention and honored UAMS’ Laura F. Hutchins, M.D., with the Pat & Willard Walker Tribute Award.  For the past 15 years, Hutchins has served as director of the UAMS Division of Hematology/Oncology. She plans soon to step down from that position in order to devote more time to patient care. 

Hutchins also is director of clinical research for the Cancer Institute and holds the Virginia Clinton Kelly Endowed Chair for Clinical Breast Cancer Research.

Her research interests focus on melanoma, breast cancer, immunotherapy and biologic therapy for cancer. She oversees an accredited fellowship program and has earned many local, state and national awards.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will fund an endowed chair named for Hutchins that will support the work of the incoming Division of Hematology/Oncology director. 

Gala chairpersons were William Clark, a member of the Cancer Institute Foundation Fund board of directors, and his wife, Christy, a cancer survivor and patient of the Cancer Institute.  

The event ended with a private concert by K.C. & The Sunshine Band. 

View the 2012 Gala for Life photos:

Jacob Slaton Photography
2012 Flickr Gallery



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