Dr. Susan M. Love, nationally renowned breast cancer expert and author of

the bestseller Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Cancer Book, will receive Western

University of Health Sciences’ “”Humanitarian of the Year”” award during a

fundraising gala for the university at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel

on November 3.

Western University will donate 20 percent of proceeds from this “”A Tribute

to Caring”” event to two relief organizations working to help victims and

their families of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Each will receive 10

percent of monies raised. The organizations are the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation and

the “”Families of Freedom

Scholarship Fund.””

The remainder of funds raised will benefit the university’s scholarship


The institution, a graduate university of medical sciences located in

Pomona, 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, awards its “”Humanitarian of

the Year”” to an individual it feels best exemplifies dedication to

alleviating the suffering of others.

Four of Western University’s five colleges train students to become

pharmacists, osteopathic physicians, physical therapists, advanced

practice nurses and physician assistants. The university’s College of

Veterinary Medicine – the first and only in Southern California – will

open its doors to its charter class of students in fall 2003.

“”Dr. Love is a great example of what one person with compassion and a

singular commitment to making a difference can do,”” said Philip Pumerantz,

PhD, president.

Dr. Love is known nationwide for her dedication to the eradication of

breast cancer She is medical director of the Susan Love, MD,

Breast Cancer Foundation and is director of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She is

an adjunct professor of surgery at UCLA.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the National Cancer

Advisory Board. She is the founder of ProoDuct Health Inc., created as a

result of her research on an intraductal approach to treating breast

cancer. Her book, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, was hailed by the New

York Times as “”the bible for women with breast cancer.”” She is also the

author of Dr. Susan Love’s Hormone Book.

Western University also will honor three of its graduates

as “”Distinguished Alumni.”” They are: Rolf D. Knapp, DO, a 1987 graduate of

the College of Osteopathic

Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), and a physician in private practice in

Orange, California; Christy Marilo, MPT, a 1994 graduate of the College of Allied Health

Professions’ Master of Physical Therapy Program; and Mary E. Budrunas,

PA-C, a 1996 graduate of the College of Allied Health Professions’ Primary Care Physician

Assistant Studies Program.

Dr. Knapp has held many positions within the Western University Alumni

Association over the years, culminating in service as president in 1999-

2000. He also has been a well-respected preceptor for COMP students since


He is active within many professional organizations, including the

Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, serving as president in

2000-2001. Dr. Knapp also is an examiner with the Osteopathic Medical

Board of California. He was a member of the American Osteopathic

Association’s House of Delegates in 1999 and 2000.

Marilo has remained exceptionally active within the Western University

community since her graduation as a member of the charter class of master

of physical therapy students in 1994 – she was president of the Western

University Alumni Association in 1998-1999, served as past president for

the following two years, and was a Continuing Medical Education committee

member and physical therapy continuing education coordinator in 1999 and


Budrunas graduated in 1996 from Western University’s Primary Care

Physician Assistant Education Program fourth in her class, with a 3.91

GPA. A resident of Pomona, Budrunas has worked as a physician assistant

at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana since graduation. She is a member of the

American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as both the California

and Florida academies.

The “”Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, created on September 17 by the

Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation of America in Minneapolis, MN, and the

Lumina Foundation for Education in Indianapolis, IN, provides financial

support for postsecondary education to families who suffered direct losses

terrorist attacks. Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Senator

Bob Dole in early October launched a nationwide effort to raise $100

million for the fund.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (NDSDF) is a non-profit

organization that turns rescued and donated dogs into rescue dogs.

Thirteen NDSDF dogs and their handlers went to the World Trade Center site

after the terrorist attacks to search for victims.

La Verne resident Jeanne Charney is chair of this year’s “”A Tribute to

Caring.”” Donald Krpan, DO, FACOFP, university provost and immediate-past

president of the American Osteopathic Association, will serve as master of


Major sponsors of “”A Tribute to Caring”” include: President’s Circle:

Caremore Medical Group, Doctors’ Hospital Medical Center of Montclair,

Pacific Hospital of Long Beach and Dr. Prem Reddy; Gold Sponsors: Bank of

America, The Hethumuni Family and Orthopedic Sports & Spine Medical Group;

Silver sponsors: Bradley Insurance Services, Inc., Casa Colina Centers for

Rehabilitation, Dr. and Mrs. George Charney, Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital,

Dr. and Mrs. Bruno Imparato, Vicenti Lloyd & Stutzman, Waltham USA, Inc.

and Wells Fargo.

Tickets to “”A Tribute to Caring”” are $225 per person. For more

information, contact Western University’s Special Events Department at

(909) 469-5365.