East Coast Auxiliary Committee

In 1991, CMCF formed an auxiliary committee on the East Coast to raise money for Fellowships and facilitate partnerships with world-leading medical institutions up and down the East Coast.

CMCF approved an agreement with Dr Maria Niemirska to form the CMCF East Coast Auxiliary Committee to raise funds for Fellows.  In 1995, Dr. Jolanta Cholon was elected as the second chair of the East Coast Committee and the CMCF Board.  Dr. Cholon managed the development of new professional relationships with East Coast medical centers and universities such as Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, Children’s Medical Center at Stony Brook, New York, as well as other sites listed under the Training Partnerships section.  Dr. Cholon worked with the various medical institutions and medical centers to ensure the successful placement of visiting Fellows.

The East Coast Auxiliary Committee, chaired by Dr. Jolanta Cholon, managed many successful cultural events in New York and New Jersey with the support of many Polish Volunteers.  Fundraising events supported visiting Doctors with Fellowships, housing and related expenses during their training period.

In 2000, CMCF participated at the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America’s 58th Meeting in Krakow at the Jagiellonian University during its 400 year celebration.  A special session of Advances of Pediatric Medicine was held with former CMCF Fellows.  CMCF Board President Bjoern Martinoff, and Dr. Jolanta Cholon, chair of the East Coast Auxiliary Committee, met with more than 30 former CMCF Fellows including the late Professor J. Czernik, Professor Maria Kornacka, Professor J. Kowalczyk, Professor R. Lauterbach, Professor C. Stoba, Professor A. Wagner and the late Professor W. Wozniak, and Mr. R. Rakowski, Managing Director of the Polish Children’s Fund a specially organized meeting.  Dr. J. Cholon organized the meeting that resulted in critical exchange of information and discussion of future training needs including the new CMCF Oncology and Hematology Program.