Career Development Awards Announced
The inaugural winners of the Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Career Development Awards for Pancreatic Cancer Research in Honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Robert Lewis were announced at the 2021 AACR annual meeting. For Dr. Avery Posey it was a bout with chickenpox when he was in 4th grade that spurred his interest in science. He was quarantined in one room for about a week and still remembers his grandmother lovingly applying calamine lotion to his blisters. “I was miserable, itchy, missed school, missed my friends, and all I kept thinking was there had to be a way to prevent this,” Posey says. A few years later, the chickenpox vaccine was unveiled and “most kids today don’t even know what chickenpox is,” he continues. “I thought for a while I wanted to be a doctor, but I realized in undergraduate school that real important changes in how we look at disease and treat disease is due to research.” Dr. Dannielle Engle thought she was going to be a violinist, a virtuoso maybe along the lines of Joshua Bell. She started college majoring in music, but switched gears and wound up majoring in biology. When she took a low-level job in a research lab while still an undergrad, it was the fruit fly and its simple genetic structure as well as the creativity shown by the investigators with whom she worked that made her realize science was her calling. “I was a pretty good violinist, not great,” she laughs. “But I got completely hooked on my work in the lab and I knew at that point my future was in research.”
International Pancreatic Cancer Trial opens
Researchers testing organoids use in predicting treatment outcomesA new team of pioneering pancreatic cancer researchers has been formed to predict which treatments might work best for individual pancreatic cancer patients based on the molecular traits of tumors. The Pancreatic Cancer Convergence Dream Team is funded by the Pancreatic Cancer Collective, an initiative of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C), SU2C Canada and Pancreatic Cancer Canada. The team will be led by Jennifer Knox, MD, the Lewitt Chair in Pancreatic Cancer Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, part of University Health Network, and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada, and Elizabeth Jaffee, MD, a professor of oncology and deputy director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.
Remembering Stephen Grand
Stephen Grand: Pancreatic Cancer Fighter and Research FunderOur hearts are broken at the news of the passing of Lustgarten ally and donor, Stephen Grand of Belvedere, CA. A passionate and insightful philanthropist, as well as a pancreatic cancer patient, Steve was in the unique position of understanding the urgency of moving the research along quickly and the need to invest in the most innovative science with the greatest opportunity to drive real progress. Tomorrow is promised to no one, but Steve’s hope was that through his philanthropy pancreatic patients like himself would someday be promised more time.
Donor Helps Bring Science to Clinic
Meet Our New CEO
The Lustgarten Foundation today announced the appointment of Linda Tantawi as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Tantawi will expand the organization’s national presence to achieve its mission of finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Since 1998, the Lustgarten Foundation has been at the forefront of advancements in understanding the disease and developing new and more effective treatments.
Announcing Tantawi’s appointment, Foundation Chairman Andrew Lustgarten said: “With the incredible vision of the Foundation’s previous leaders, we’ve made important strides—taking pancreatic cancer from an unsupported ‘orphan disease,’ to one that is now supported by a robust research program. Linda’s leadership skills and extensive experience in fundraising for national cancer nonprofits will help take the Foundation, and the research we support, to the next level.”
Fund The Fight
ADVANCING SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS…AND HOPE DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT! GIFTS MADE BY MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 31, 2020, WILL BE MATCHED, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, UP TO $50,000! As a supporter of the Lustgarten Foundation, you know pancreatic cancer affects everyone in the family—something Danielle’s loved ones learned the hard way Bolstered by the love of her family—including her husband Michael and their two young sons, Gavin and Peter, and her brother Marc—Danielle faced the disease with optimism and bravery. Despite many rounds of chemotherapy, Danielle maintained a high quality of life for the first year following her diagnosis, and with Michael’s heroic support, she made it through a grueling Whipple procedure. However, several months later her cancer recurred, and the treatments were harder to take.
2020 Holiday Bash
While we can’t be together for the Lustgarten Holiday Bash this year, raising funds for the Lustgarten Foundation has never been more important. This holiday season, as we continue to take precautions and put safety first, we’ll be hosting the Holiday Bash as an online fundraising campaign. Lustgarten-funded researchers are on the cusp of scientific discoveries that will undoubtedly change patients’ lives, and now, with your continued support, we will ensure many more patients become long-term survivors.Every dollar donated to the Lustgarten Holiday Bash will go directly to funding the most groundbreaking research. In appreciation of your generosity, we will be offering all donors the opportunity to take part in a series of exclusive celebrity “Thank You” events in 2021. We are grateful for your ongoing support. Thank You!