Each year, the Colorectal Cancer Coalition, in conjunction with the American Association for Cancer Research, awards a research grant to a scientist exploring cutting edge ways to combat late stage colorectal cancer.
The grant is fully funded through donations to the Coalition’s Lisa Fund, named after one of our founders, Lisa Dubow. The 2010 grant went to Dr. Rona Yaeger, a researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Last week, Coalition Board member Dr. Steven Depp, his wife Bonnie and I were invited into Dr. Yaeger’s lab. We watched her set up her gel electrophoresis apparatus to separate proteins. It is part of her goal to inhibit key signaling pathways in colorectal cancer.
Watching her research in action – especially research that we are responsible for – was a real thrill and we told Dr. Yaeger so. We all felt quite honored to be in that lab with her.
And, make no mistake, when I say “research we are responsible for,” I’m talking about every person who has contributed to the Lisa Fund. I wish we could have had all of you in there with us; you were certainly there in our hearts.
Help this research continue! Make a donation to the Lisa Fund today. Thank you so very much.