Mark Quinn: 2018 Honorary Chair
Mattress industry leader to chair this year’s 16th Annual Golf Classic to be held August 25-27, 2018. Mark Quinn is as committed to finding better treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer as a patient, a family member or a cancer researcher. But he’s not any of these. Instead, he’s a successful businessman in an industry that has shown increasing interest in the past decade in helping pancreatic cancer patients.
Quinn is a co-founder of, Spink & Edgar USA, an offshoot extension of Spink & Edgar, a “British Manufacturer of Elite Mattresses”. He is the President and CEO of the company’s USA operations, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The company grows hemp and flax and raises sheep, goats and alpacas on a farm in Yorkshire, England and exports components for extraordinarily comfortable mattresses to the United States. He has the support and appreciation of the entire mattress industry behind him as he becomes the Honorary Chair for the 16th annual Seena Magowitz Foundation Golf Classic, which raises money for pancreatic cancer research.
The event will be held in Boston in August 25-27. Quinn’s interest in pancreatic cancer began about seven years ago when he was working at Leggett & Platt Incorporated, a manufacturer primarily of steel-based materials for bedding, furniture and automotive products. He originally accompanied Karl Glassman now President and CEO of Leggett & Platt to pancreatic cancer fundraising events. “I was so impressed with the people in this field and the approach toward funding research,” Quinn said. “I really have a heart for what these advocates are doing.”
Getting Involved With The Foundation and Its Missions
He met Roger Magowitz, the founder of the Seena Magowitz Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer, shortly before Glassman was named chair of the Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic in 2012. “I wanted to help Karl while he was out front helping Roger raise funds for pancreatic cancer research,” Quinn said. “And in the process, I discovered that Roger cares deeply about the people who have been affected by this disease. He’s such a genuine guy, and I knew then that I wanted to continue to use my resources to help him and this cause.”
Since that time, Quinn and his wife Bridget, along with Glassman and his wife Cathi, have toured the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, where Daniel Von Hoff, M.D., the world’s leading pancreatic cancer researcher, is Physician-in-Chief, Distinguished Professor and Executive Vice President. “Getting to know Dr. Von Hoff has been amazing,” Quinn said. “I’m grateful that Roger is so successful at raising money to help support Dr. Von Hoff and other physician-researchers as they continue to discover breakthroughs in treatments for pancreatic cancer.”
Lofty Goals “Fore” The Event
Mark Quinn served as master of ceremonies for the Seena Magowitz Annual Golf Classic in 2015 in Boston. As Honorary Chair for the 2018 16th Annual Golf Classic, Quinn wants to encourage people to attend the weekend-long event who have not attended before. “I’d love for them to understand the importance of the amazing work Roger is doing,” Quinn said. “When you hear people like Dr. Von Hoff talk about the work he’s doing, it’s hard not to get excited about the advancements in pancreatic cancer research and treatment.”
He also wants to raise as much money as possible “to place into the hands of TGen scientists to develop more clinical trials.” Pancreas cancer doesn’t get as much attention as other cancers, he pointed out, “yet it’s the most lethal of all cancers. We’re hoping that by getting more funding to TGen and other research organizations to potentially develop a method for early detection of pancreatic cancer, we can reduce the mortality of this disease.”
Quinn said time will be a “focal point of what we want to communicate at the August event.” He explained that he hopes clinical trials will lead to giving pancreatic cancer patients more time. “If we can give patients another week, another month or even another day to live with quality of life until we find a cure, that’s incredibly precious.”
He said he wants attendees at the event to have the experience he’s had at previous events. “When you give your time and serve others, the impact is amazing,” he said. “I’m confident that people who come to the event this year will be changed by what they experience. It’s simply a phenomenal investment of their time and resources.”
He said he’s also certain “there is not a more genuine, deserving group for donations than the people who work in this field of medicine and are devoted to helping pancreatic cancer patients. This is a very nasty disease and these guys put their heart and soul into trying to help people with pancreatic cancer live a little longer and a little better with the time they have. There is no doubt in my mind they will find a cure one day and when they do, the mattress industry can take a big bow because we will have played a substantial role in finding that cure.”
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