mission & vision

Yhim's mission is to generate greater awareness and funds to further much needed cancer research.

Join the cause

Yhim is currently seeking volunteers, interns and board members.  For more information, please email us at mjerbich@yhim.org.



Founder

Thank you for your interest and support of Yhim. We have big plans for its future…think blue in June as you now think pink in February and May.

Yhim will look to celebrate life by raising funds and building awareness year-round, focusing efforts around Fathers' Day weekend. Although Yhim was inspired by the passing of one father on Fathers' Day, cancer does not discriminate nor will our efforts. Funds raised support cutting edge research that will impact us ALL.

Michael Jerbich

History

Yhim was inspired by one special father, Joseph S. Jerbich. Like so many before him, in the Spring of 2000, Joseph was diagnosed with cancer which eventually took him on Fathers' Day 2002. To mark the tenth anniversary of Joseph's passing his son Michael, with the help of loving family and friends, established Yhim in honor of his father's memory.

Yhim will look to celebrate life by raising funds and building awareness year-round, focusing efforts around Fathers' Day weekend. Although yhim was inspired by the passing of one father on Fathers' Day, Cancer does not discriminate and nor will our efforts. Funds raised support cutting edge research that will impact us ALL.

With your help, Yhim will strive to eliminate cancer through partnerships with world-class health institutes and organizations. Yhim is a not-for-profit organization with proceeds going to cancer research.

The Answer to Cancer is Research

With your generous support has enabled Yhim to fund two major studies at the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation. One study funded in 2014 focused on Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS). Insights gained from this research may allow for repair of the bone marrow abnormalities resulting from these genetic defects and provide the foundation for treatment and prevention strategies for MDS and leukemia.


The other study funded in 2013 researches the evolution of solid tumors through comparison of genetic changes over time and space, and the identification of genetic biomarkers for use in prognosis and prediction of response to therapy. The ultimate goal is to use MRI, a noninvasive procedure, to help personalize the treatment of localized prostate cancer. With our continued expectations of exponential growth in the future, we hope to continue funding studies similar to these but to higher financial degree and at more world renowned hospitals. It is studies like these that will work towards the goal of eventually finding a cure to cancer. Research is the answer to achieve this goal!