Where did the year go? The Edelman Gardner Cancer Research Foundation was definately in the news for 2012. We participated in the Wilmot Cancer Center's telethon (Thanks to all for calling in). Darlene Knittle, George and Lori Kauffman, and I were on the phones.
We also matched the second $25,000 pledge that was very much appreciated from all.
There are so many stories, many are inspirational and I was so glad to have been a part of it.
The foundation paid our last $50K installment to our $250,000 commitment. We have just made an additional agreement to be given to Wilmot Cancer Center for research. Feel proud, all of you....... you helped get us there.
The foundation is alive and strong and is commitment now more than ever to make headway into this terrible disease.
We are looking at ways to communicate the results of our research projects. Dr. Friedberg, the new Wilmot Cancer Center Director is excited about what theyhave going on as well as working with us.
What makes our part so important? As you all know and probably feel the economic strains it has on all of us. Although many think disease in general is a big business...well they are impacted as well. There are more places vying for grants to further research. The National Cancer Insititute and National Health ORganizations funding isn't what it use to be. Our Seed grants provide the Scientist the opportunity to try their idea and if successful can get additional grant money to further their project. Without us/you some of our projects may have taken much longer to test or some may have not even seen the light of day.
Our work is as important today as it was 20 years ago. They are doing so many things. One of the what I will call an ahhhh ha moment was when they showed us their test of fruit flies. Now most of us want to kill the pesky things but did you know their DNA or molecular structure is similiar to a human. That was a shocker for me.
Dr. Huck Lang, took Andrew Knittle on a tour of his labs. Andrew gave a donation at Christmas time in memory of his Grandpa Bob. We arranged a tour for Andrew, his mom and Grandma. It was awesome and fun but the best part was Andrew was asking questions...good questions. He is such a remarkable young man. Kuddos to his mom and dad; Jodi and Shawn, you have done an awesome job.
We should be reporting on a project that has some good news/good results for pancreatic Cancer.....for very special reasons it can't come soon enough.
We hope to be sharing more with you and will be having some merchandise on the website for special donation levels.
That's it for now. Thanks to all of you for your unwavering support. To those of you that are depending on us to make some headway....we are in it for you. That's if for now.