Please, accept my donation in memory of Dr. Avery Sandberg who passed away on July 6th, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ. Although this is a token compared to all that Dr. Sandberg has done for me, both educationally and emotionally, I find it significant to support a site that deals with chromosome abnormalities in cancer, a field to which Dr. Sandberg has dedicated 60 years of his life. I came to the US from Italy in 1985 with a research scholarship knowing very little English but with a great interest in cancer cytogenetics after perusing Dr. Sandberg's first edition of the book "The Chromosomes in Human Cancer and Leukemia". I was hoping for a chance to meet with him and possibly train with him. However, there were no openings in his research laboratory at that time.¬ The first laboratory I worked in the US was The Genetic Center in Scottsdale, AZ.
Amazingly, a few months later, Dr. Sandberg moved from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY to The Genetic Center. There, he started the Southwest Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI) to continue his teaching of many researchers that like me came to learn about cancer cytogenetics. Dr. Sandberg was a remarkable medical doctor and a pioneer that has written over 1000 articles and various textbooks on the cytogenetics of solid tumors and leukemia. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the first scientific journal on cancer cytogenetics called "Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics (CGC)". I was honored when in 1990 Dr. Sandberg asked me to be one of the Assistant Editors of CGC, a relationship that continued until 2010. ¬†From the start, Dr. Sandberg has provided me with opportunities to better myself academically. Most of all, he and his family has treated me, my husband Earl, and our son Matteo as their extended family. When I started reading Dr. Sandberg's book back in Italy, I would have never imagined that one day he would become my mentor. Sometimes, the decisions we make in life set up a chain of events that ultimately lead to what, unconsciously, we always hoped for.
Aurelia Meloni-Ehrig, PhD, DSc, ABMGG
Director, Genetics, CSI Laboratories
2580 Westside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004