Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD and Gary Reece

Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD and Gary Reece

Cancer League of Colorado made gift of $750,000 for cancer research to be used by physician/scientists at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. This gift is in addition to the $150,000 that Cancer League has earmarked this year for the CU Cancer Center to fund certain investigator-initiated clinical trials.  The latest research gifts are part of Cancer League’s annual fundraising record of nearly $1,100,000, and brings CLC’s fundraising total to almost $2.2 million in the last two years.

The CU Cancer Center projects funded in 2017 include improving targeted therapy in melanomas with BRAF fusions, enhancing the effects of immune checkpoint blockade with radiation therapy in head and neck cancer, and the CU Cancer Center’s Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program. For the entire list of grants awarded, click here.

“Obtaining research funding is more and more difficult with each passing year,” said Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, director of CU Cancer Center. “We consider the Cancer League a true partner in advancing cancer science. Awards from the Cancer League allow us to test high-risk, high-reward ideas that can lead to multi-million dollar awards from the National Institutes for Health.”

In addition to cancer research, Cancer League also funds dozens of support programs for cancer patients, their family members, and caregivers across the state of Colorado.

“Cancer League is unique,” said Gary Reece, president of Cancer League of Colorado. “We are run entirely by the goodwill of volunteers dedicated to our mission of curing or controlling cancer. Because we have no offices and no paid staff, every penny we raise goes toward innovative cancer science, clinical care and support programs. We also are dedicated to good science. Our Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of 15 to 20 Colorado-based doctors and scientists, lends its time and expertise recommending the most promising projects so we can increase the impact of the money we raise.”

Cancer League hosts several fundraisers throughout the year. The 21st Annual Race for Research will be held at Washington Park on August 20, 2017. This family-friendly event includes a 5K walk/run, a pancake breakfast, a Sponsor Expo with free samples, kids play area with games, kiddie train, clowns, sports mascots, and a Beer Garden. Click here to join the team from CU Cancer Center. It is captained by Cancer League volunteer and colorectal cancer survivor Karen Wehling.

CLC’s 9th Annual Over the Edge event, to be held on September 7-9, 2017 at 1600 Glenarm Place, gives participants a life-changing opportunity to rappel 29 stories while raising money for cancer research.  Click here for more information and to register for this exciting event.