Press Releases

  • Lustgarten Foundation Flagship Walk Inspires Community and Raises Critical Dollars for Pancreatic Cancer Research
    22nd Annual Long Island Walk presented by Northwell Health Cancer Institute draws over 1,100 supporters amid wet weather & raises 700,000 dollars and counting in support of pancreatic cancer research. WOODBURY, N.Y., Oct 03, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Long Island residents touched by pancreatic cancer gathered for a day of remembrance, action, and hope at Sunday’s […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Announced Grant Programs to Inspire and Diversify Talent in Pancreatic Cancer Research
    Two Grant Programs Now Accepting Request for Applications, through October 18, 2022  WOODBURY, N.Y., Sept 26, 2022 — The Lustgarten Foundation announced that it is supporting two grant programs intended to inspire and diversify talent in pancreatic cancer research: Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Career Development Award for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Lustgarten Foundation-Swim Across America-AACR Pancreatic Cancer […]
  • Jen Jen Yeh, MD Announced as Inaugural Recipient of LEAD Grant
    WOODBURY, N.Y., Sept 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Lustgarten Foundation announced today that the Lustgarten Equity, Accessibility, and Diversity (LEAD) Project’s inaugural grant will be awarded to Jen Jen Yeh, MD, Professor & Vice Chair of Research, Surgery, Division of Oncology Professor, Pharmacology Member, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for her PROmoting CLinicAl TrIal EngageMent for […]
  • Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan Shines Spotlight on the Lustgarten Foundation’s Mission to Cure Pancreatic Cancer
    (WOODBURY, N.Y.) – Nassau County Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan (D-Woodbury) met with members of the Lustgarten Foundation and presented them with a citation to honor the important research they are leading for pancreatic cancer—a devastating disease with a five-year survival rate of just 11%. The Lustgarten Foundation has raised more than $250 million to support […]
  • The Lustgarten Foundation Receives 13th Consecutive  Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating
    Recognition places Lustgarten in top 1% of nonprofits evaluated by the watchdog organization.   WOODBURY, NY – The Lustgarten Foundation believes research is fundamental. That’s why 100% of donations fund pancreatic cancer research. This singular focus on transforming pancreatic cancer into a curable disease, combined with the Foundation’s commitment to financial health, accountability and transparency, has […]
  • Pancreatic Cancer Collective Announces New PSA Campaign with Marlon Wayans and Tiffany Haddish
    The PSA aims to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer clinical trials. LOS ANGELES –The Pancreatic Cancer Collective, an initiative of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C), announced today the launch of a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign. In collaboration with SU2C Ambassadors – actor and comedian Marlon Wayans, and actress and […]
  • Pancreatic Cancer Collective Announces New PSA Campaign with Keesha Sharp to Raise Awareness about Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials
    NEW YORK – The Pancreatic Cancer Collective, an initiative of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), announced today the launch of a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign, in collaboration with SU2C Ambassador and actress, writer and director Keesha Sharp, to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer research. The campaign launches with a […]
  • Pancreatic Cancer Experts Available in Response to Alex Trebek Death
    The Lustgarten Foundation offers in-depth insight into life-threatening disease Like fans around the world, we were saddened to learn of the death today of Alex Trebek, 80, from pancreatic cancer. By openly sharing his cancer battle, Alex became a powerful voice in raising awareness of pancreatic cancer and providing hope for people affected by pancreatic […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Raises More than $18 million for Pancreatic Cancer Research at Long Island Event
    21st Annual Long Island Walk for Research sponsored by Northwell Health More than 2,000 Long Islanders touched by pancreatic cancer were finally able to come back together at Jones Beach in Wantagh on Sunday, Oct. 3 for a day of hope, awareness and fundraising for pancreatic cancer research. The Lustgarten Foundation’s annual Walk for Pancreatic […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation kicks off first in-person event with New York City Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk sponsored by Northwell Health
    Hundreds of walkers touched by pancreatic cancer united at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 in New York City on Sunday, June 27 Woodbury, N.Y. —Hundreds of walkers touched by pancreatic cancer united at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 in New York City on Sunday, June 27 for a day of hope, awareness and funding for […]
  • The Lustgarten Foundation and the AACR Honor Two American Icons Lost to Pancreatic Cancer with New Career Development Awards for Researchers
    The Lustgarten Foundation and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have established two new career development awards for both early-career female and under-represented pancreatic cancer researchers, representing a generous commitment of the Lustgarten Foundation of up to $1.8 million. The awards will honor the extraordinary lives and legacies of United States Supreme Court Justice […]
  • New Clinical Trial Studies Pancreatic Cancer Tumor Traits to Uncover Better Treatment Options
    NEW YORK – March 30, 2021 – A 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 […]
  • The Lustgarten Foundation Appoints New CEO
    Linda Tantawi to Lead National Expansion.  WOODBURY, NY – 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 […]
  • Two Scientists Named to Receive Inaugural Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Career Development Awards for Pancreatic Cancer Research in Honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Robert Lewis
    PHILADELPHIA – Dannielle Engle, PhD, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Avery D. Posey, PhD, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have been announced at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2021 as the inaugural recipients of the Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Career Development Awards for Pancreatic […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation’s New York Pancreatic Cancer Research Walks Go Virtual with Sponsorship from Northwell Health Cancer Institute
    Woodbury, N.Y., —Several thousand participants hit the streets throughout the New York metropolitan area in support of the Lustgarten Foundation a year ago. Times have dramatically changed since the coronavirus pandemic began, but the mission is no less critical: ending pancreatic cancer On Sunday, July 12, thousands of walkers across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester will […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Chief Scientist Dr. David Tuveson Installed as President of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
    David A. Tuveson, MD, PhD, FAACR, Chief Scientist of the Lustgarten Foundation and Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center, was inaugurated as President of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s oldest and largest professional association related to cancer research. David A. Tuveson, MD, PhD, FAACR, Chief Scientist of the […]
  • The Pancreatic Cancer Collective Extends Four Research Teams in $16 Million Push for New Therapies
    PHILADELPHIA — The Pancreatic Cancer Collective, the strategic partnership of Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), has awarded additional funding of up to $16 million to four teams of top researchers as part of its “New Therapies Challenge Grants,” the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Scientific Partner of SU2C, announced today. The additional […]
  • Northwell, Lustgarten expand sponsorship to fight pancreatic cancer
    NEW HYDE PARK, NY – In its second year of collaboration with the Lustgarten Foundation, Northwell Health Cancer Institute announced today that it will be the exclusive hospital sponsor for the Foundation’s four New York metropolitan area walks and other fundraising events in 2020. Northwell will again team with Lustgarten in supporting its community walks, […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Announces Change in Board Leadership
    Andrew Lustgarten assumes helm of father’s namesake organization as Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Vizza “passes the baton” after more than 20 years leading the Foundation New York, NY – The Lustgarten Foundation, the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research in the world, is pleased to announce today that Andrew Lustgarten will […]
  • American Cancer Society Releases New Statistics for Pancreatic Cancer Incidence
    Data Demonstrates the Need for Lustgarten-Funded Early Detection Research WOODBURY, N.Y. —The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently released its annual Cancer Facts & Figures 2020 report, which indicates an increase in the incidence of pancreatic cancer in 2020 and demonstrated the continued need for early detection research. The report takes an in-depth look at different […]
  • Annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash Raises More than $1 Million for The Lustgarten Foundation
    All Money Raised Goes Directly to Pancreatic Cancer Research DJ Cassidy and Radio City Rockettes Performed to Support the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer The Madison Square Garden Company and AMC Networks Hosted Event at Tao Downtown in New York City NEW YORK, NY – On Tuesday, Dec. 3, The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE: MSG) […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Receives Outpouring of Support from Jeopardy! Champs
    Tournament of Champions Competitors Host Play-Along Fundraiser It was the answer heard ‘round the world. On Monday’s episode of Jeopardy!, College Champ Dhruv Guar was stumped—he didn’t know the correct answer but he did know the right thing to do. His answer, “We love you, Alex.” caused long-time host Alex Trebek, who is battling Stage […]
  • Lustgarten Walk—Lehigh Valley on Its Way to Raising $1 Million for Pancreatic Cancer Research
    WOODBURY, N.Y. – On Sunday, September 22nd, walk leader Todd Wendling will again lead the annual Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk in Allentown, Pennsylvania at Lehigh Parkway. The walk, now in its eleventh year, has raised more than $820,000 for pancreatic cancer research since inception. Pancreatic cancer has a five-year survival rate in the […]
  • Jeopardy! Champion and Former Naperville Resident, James Holzhauer, Donates to Upcoming Lustgarten Walk
    Alex Trebek’s Diagnosis Leads to a Call-to-Action Walk in Chicago suburb raises nearly $600,000 for pancreatic cancer research since inception Woodbury, NY – On Sunday, July 14th, walk leader Ann Zediker will again lead the annual Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk in Naperville, Illinois at the Naperville Pavilion. The walk, now in its ninth […]
  • New Lustgarten-Funded Research Develops Artificial Intelligence Methods to Detect Pancreatic Cancer Earlier
    WOODBURY, N.Y. — Lustgarten Foundation funded researchers at Johns Hopkins University have released promising results showing that computers can be trained to detect pancreatic tumors in CT scans, as reported in the American Journal of Roentgenology. CT is the most commonly used imaging modality for the initial evaluation of suspected pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). PDAC […]
  • Internationally Renowned Cancer Immunologist Elizabeth M. Jaffee, M.D. Joins the Lustgarten Foundation as its Chief Medical Advisor
    Woodbury, NY – The Lustgarten Foundation announced today the appointment of Elizabeth M. Jaffee, M.D., the immediate past president of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), as its new Chief Medical Advisor. Dr. Jaffee is an internationally recognized expert in cancer immunology, with specific expertise in preclinical and early clinical development of immunotherapies for […]
  • Second Annual Lustgarten Walk—Atlanta Secures Sponsorship from Northside Hospital
    WOODBURY, N.Y. – Walk leader Stefanie Wayco is leading Atlanta residents in the fight against pancreatic cancer—a disease with one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer. On Saturday, March 30, join survivors, their families, and others who have been touched by this disease as they raise awareness and funds at the Lustgarten Walk—Atlanta […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Opens Laboratory at Johns Hopkins Focused on Early Detection and Genetics of Pancreatic Cancer
    WOODBURY, N.Y. —The Lustgarten Foundation announced today the opening of its fourth dedicated pancreatic cancer research laboratory at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. The laboratory at Johns Hopkins University will join three other Lustgarten Foundation dedicated pancreatic cancer research laboratories, which include Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, […]
  • Annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash Raises More than $1 Million for the Lustgarten Foundation
    All Money Raised Goes Directly to Pancreatic Cancer Research DJ Cassidy and the Radio City Rockettes Performed to Support the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer The Madison Square Garden Company and AMC Networks Hosted Event at Tao Downtown in New York City NEW YORK, NY, December 14, 2018 – On Thursday evening, December 13, The Madison […]
  • Pancreatic Cancer Collective Awards First Grants
    LOS ANGELES — The Pancreatic Cancer Collective, the strategic partnership of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), has awarded a total of $7 million in first-round “New Therapies Challenge” grants to seven teams of top cancer researchers to explore new pancreatic cancer treatments, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Scientific Partner […]
  • Lustgarten-Funded Study in Cancer Discovery Reveals Possible New Targets for Therapeutics
    Characteristics of Fibroblasts in the Stroma of Pancreatic Cancer Have Been Identified Woodbury, NY – Pancreatic cancer has shown to have limited effective treatment strategies. Researchers in the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have made a discovery that could lead to a different, more effective kind of treatment. […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Advances Pancreatic Cancer Research Through Partnerships with the Opening of Two New Laboratories
    WOODBURY, N.Y., PRNewswire/ — The Lustgarten Foundation is pleased to announce two new pancreatic cancer research laboratories through respective partnerships with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The opening of these Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratories will usher in a new era of research progress and represents an initial $10 million […]
  • Let’s Win Receives Biden Cancer Initiative FIERCE Award for its Transformative Impact on the Lives of Pancreatic Cancer Patients
    Awardees to be honored at national Biden Cancer Summit in Washington, D.C. NEW YORK, PRNewswire/ — Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer Foundation is the inaugural winner of the Biden Cancer Initiative FIERCE Award for “Leadership through Exemplary and Awesome Purpose (LEAP).” Let’s Win was selected for its transformative impact on the lives of cancer patients – […]
  • Lustgarten Funded Study Shows Loss of Fat and Muscle is a Common First Sign of Pancreatic Cancer
    Woodbury, N.Y. – In a study published in Nature, researchers found that the breakdown of muscle tissue and adipose (fat) is an early sign of pancreatic cancer. The Lustgarten-funded research was conducted by Dr. Laura Danai and Dr. Matthew Vander Heiden from Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Dr. […]
  • Organoids Accurately Predict Treatment Response of Pancreatic Cancer Patients
    Lustgarten Foundation Dedicated Research Laboratory Developing Personalized Medicine Technology Woodbury, NY (May 31, 2018) – Today in Cancer Discovery, an international team of researchers led by Dr. David Tuveson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor and Chief Scientist of the Lustgarten Foundation, reports on results of 66 organoids derived from pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) tumor […]
  • Lustgarten Funded Researcher Unlocks How Pancreatic Cancer Metastasizes to the Liver
    WOODBURY, N.Y., PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Lustgarten Foundation Distinguished Scholar Douglas Fearon, M.D., a professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has discovered how pancreatic cancer metastasizes to the liver following surgery, as reported in today’s online edition of leading biomedical journal Science. “This discovery is significant because for patients who undergo pancreatic cancer surgery, there is […]
  • The Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer Launch Partnership Focused on Pancreatic Cancer
    CHICAGO/PRNewswire/ — The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) announced Sunday at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research that they are entering into a formal strategic partnership to drive research to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients. The Pancreatic Cancer Collective will accelerate research for […]
  • Announcing the Pancreatic Cancer Collective
    An initiative of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer CHICAGO, April 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) announced today at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, SU2C’s Scientific Partner, that they are entering into a formal strategic partnership to drive research to […]
  • Gavin DeGraw Lends His Voice To Pancreatic Cancer Research Partnering With The Lustgarten Foundation To Raise Awareness
    WOODBURY- Having lost his mother to the disease, singer, songwriter Gavin DeGraw knows firsthand how devastating pancreatic cancer is for patients and their families. Gavin is turning his grief into action by helping the Lustgarten Foundation raise awareness by encouraging people to get involved with the Foundation. Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8213753-lustgarten-foundation-pancreatic […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Appoints Two New Board Members
    The Lustgarten Foundation announced today the appointment of two new board members – Dr. Kenneth Goodman and Ms. Willa Shalit – to its current 12-member Board of Directors. Dr. Goodman brings years of radiology and leadership experience to the role while Ms. Shalit has extensive expertise in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and is […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Appoints David Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientist
    WOODBURY, NY – The Lustgarten Foundation announced today the appointment of David Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D., as its Chief Scientist. Dr. Tuveson is the Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Cancer Center, the Roy J. Zuckerberg Professor of Cancer Research and oversees the Lustgarten Foundation’s dedicated research laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He […]
  • Stand Up To Cancer Announces $11M Collaborative, Multi-disciplinary Research Program; Microsoft Will Bring Power of AI to Investigate Immune System Response to Cancers
    “Convergence” Teams of Life Scientists, Bioengineers and Microsoft Machine Learning Experts toInvestigate New Cancer Therapies Santa Monica, CA — Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) announces today a “Convergence 2.0” research initiative that awards $11 million to seven multi-disciplinary research teams to investigate immune system response to cancers. The multi-institutional teams being announced today at SU2C’s […]
  • Study Shows Blood Test Can Detect 8 Types of Cancer
    New CancerSEEK Test greater than 99% Specific for Pancreatic Cancer. WOODBURY, NY – Lustgarten Foundation funded researchers at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins have designed a multi-analyte blood test that can detect the presence of pancreatic cancer as part of a panel of eight common cancers (pancreas, ovary, liver, stomach, esophagus, […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Awarded $22 Million For Pancreatic Cancer Research
    Foundation Attracts New Talent to Study Pancreatic Cancer WOODBURY, NY – The Lustgarten Foundation announced today that it funded $22 million in 2017 as part of its commitment to invest an unprecedented $40 million by the end of 2018. In addition to funding the most accomplished scientists in pancreatic cancer research, the Foundation is attracting […]
  • Creative Bath Products Inc. Donates $3.9 Million to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
    WOODBURY, New York – The Lustgarten Foundation announced today that it received nearly $4 million from Creative Bath Products, Inc. to support pancreatic cancer research. The Central Islip headquartered Creative Bath Products consists of five business units: Creative Bath Products, Inc., Creative Ware, Creative Home Furnishings, Creative Private Label/U.S. Manufacturing and Bath Creations. The Lustgarten […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer Announce Two New Pancreatic Cancer Research Projects Focused on Doubling the Number of Surgical Interventions
    Woodbury, NY – The Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) announced today the launch of two new pancreatic cancer interception research projects – one focused on earlier detection and the other on surgical intervention. The total investment for these projects is nearly $10 million and will involve thousands of patients.“We are pleased to […]
  • New Study Shows Promising Results in the Development of More Effective Blood Test to Detect Pancreatic Cancer
    Lustgarten Foundation Funded Research Detects 64% of pancreatic cancers with 99.5% accuracy WOODBURY, NY – A study published the week of September 4th in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows how combining mutations in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) with protein markers can result in a screening test with improved sensitivity (64% of early […]
  • Mechanism of metastasis is discovered in pancreatic cancer
    An epigenetic factor reprograms gene enhancers, enabling cancer cells to “remember” an earlier developmental state WOODBURY, NY, – Lustgarten Foundation funded research discovered a mechanism of metastasis in pancreatic cancer, and perhaps, other cancer types as well. The Foundation’s dedicated lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) used organoid technology to find that pancreatic cancer […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation to Commit $40 Million to Pancreatic Cancer Research in 2017-2018
    Two Grant Programs Now Accepting Request for Applications WOODBURY, New York (July 13, 2017) – The Lustgarten Foundation announced today that it will commit an unprecedented $40 million in 2017-18 through its new Translational Clinical Program, expanded Research Investigator Award Program and other partnerships. This is the first time any pancreatic cancer organization will commit […]
  • Lustgarten Foundation Funded Research Finds T Cell Proximity to Pancreatic Cancer Cells Correlates with Increased Patient Survival
    Findings reinforce the importance of immunotherapy research BETHPAGE, N.Y., – Lustgarten Foundation’s funded research found that spatial distribution of cytotoxic T-cells in proximity to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cancer cells correlates with increased patient survival. Desmoplasia, the growth of fibrous or connective tissue, causes dense fibrosis around the tumor making it difficult to treat the […]

About Lustgarten Foundation  

The Lustgarten Foundation funds the world’s preeminent pancreatic cancer researchers, driving the pursuit of bold and innovative science toward earlier detection, better treatments and transforming pancreatic cancer into a curable disease. The Foundation is a catalyst—Lustgarten-funded science has been a driving force in every major advancement in pancreatic cancer research since 1998. We believe time is everything for pancreatic cancer patients and their families, so we fund research where creative risks yield high rewards to accelerate and expand life-saving treatment options. And we believe in the power of community. Lustgarten programs and events provide people affected by pancreatic cancer a voice and a place to create hope, together. The Lustgarten Foundation is the world’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research and 100% of all donations fuel the research to advance understanding of this complex, devastating and historically underfunded cancer. For more information, visit lustgarten.org.  

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