Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Importance of Research Foundations

With the current falling NIH budget, the importance of private foundations to support laboratory cancer research is growing. This is particularly the case for the type of tumors I study, sarcomas, which are rare, making them less attractive cancers to spend part of the diminishing research budget on. I am grateful that foundations like the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative are there to fill in these critical gaps.

The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative just this week has funded three new research projects. I’m proud that mine is among them. I want to thank Bruce and Bev Shriver for their support, as well as the Arlo and Susan Ellison family and the families and friends of Christie Campbell, Jeremy Zimmer, Brad Rice, Peter Skelton, Paul Onvlee, Teri Marriage, Matthew Beaver, and Nick Gibboni in whose memory and honor much of these funds were donated.


Obsessedwithlife said...

Yay! The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative is AWESOME! I went to Denmark with them in the summer of 2006. That's awesome-CONGRATS!


Doctor David said...

Thanks, Rach! We're already planning our Team Sarcoma event for this year at Hopkins. Some of my colleagues want to go to this year's European bike ride, too.

Anonymous said...

Great news! Thank you so much for doing this research. I was with Rachel in Denmark in 2006, and I'll be in Europe with Team Sarcoma in July this year. I'm actually designing the official Team Sarcoma t-shirts this week. :-) If your colleagues want to go, they better sign up quick - the Europe tour is filling up! I think there are only ten spots left.

Anonymous said...

Well written article.