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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2004
Contact: Karen Warmkessel kwarmkessel@umm.edu 410-328-8919
Ellen Beth Levitt eblevitt@umm.edu 410-328-8919

FAIRWAY TO LIFE TO HONOR LAWYER MARK KOLMAN FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO HELPING CANCER PATIENTS

Kolman will receive award Sept. 27 at golf tournament to benefit FAIRWAY TO LIFE Breast Care Center at UM Greenebaum Cancer Center

Mark H. Kolman, a cancer survivor and lawyer who has worked tirelessly to help cancer patients since he was diagnosed with leukemia 18 years ago, will be honored at the FAIRWAY TO LIFE Golf Tournament on Sept. 27, 2004, at the Hunt Valley Golf Club in Phoenix, Md.

Mr. Kolman, a well-known Maryland trial lawyer, will receive FAIRWAY TO LIFE’s Progress Award, which is given every year to a cancer survivor who has played a significant role in fighting the disease or has made a major difference in the lives of others. In July of 1986, he was diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia and was given about 18 months to live.

“There has to be some reason I’m still here,” says Mr. Kolman. “I’ve made a life commitment to do anything I can to help others who are also facing cancer, and I truly believe in what Lance Armstrong calls the ‘obligation of the cured.’”

A Columbia resident who works for the Washington, D.C., law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky, specializing in suing insurance companies that refuse to pay major claims, Mr. Kolman has served on the Board of Advisors of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center since the early 1990s. He and his wife Susan have made annual contributions to the Cancer Center, where Mr. Kolman has been treated for the last 16 years. They have also raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Leukemia Society of America and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. Mr. Kolman has also served on numerous boards and committees for several cancer-fighting organizations.

FAIRWAY TO LIFE’s seventh annual golf tournament, dinner and auction on September 27 will benefit the breast cancer treatment program at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. This year’s honorary chairperson is Maryland’s first lady, Kendel S. Ehrlich.

FAIRWAY TO LIFE has pledged to raise $500,000 for a new outpatient diagnostic and treatment center for breast cancer patients that will be located in the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center’s new ambulatory facility, the Roslyn and Leonard Stoler Pavilion. The Stoler Pavilion, with the Fairway to Life Breast Care Center, is scheduled to open on the first floor of the University of Maryland Medical Center in June 2005.

The FAIRWAY TO LIFE Golf Tournament was founded in 1998 by Judy Herman to honor her mother, who is a breast cancer survivor. Since then, more than 500 businesses and individuals have supported the organization’s mission to fight breast cancer “one stroke at a time.”

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