DONATIONS AT WORK
Grants given are spent on technology and tools that enhance early detection of cancer, promising new programs that promote research that would help prevent cancer relapses, projects that demonstrate research in the area of cancer, and programs that enhance the lives of Minnesota’s Cancer Community by providing aid and assistance. Prospective Grant seekers are required to submit a detailed descriptive proposal as well as a budget.
In 2011, the Fund awarded about $300,000 in grant monies. Here are the organizations/projects funded in 2011:
MEMORIAL BLOOD CENTER- HLA PLATELET TESTING “APHERESIS ANGELS” PROGRAM
This grant provides funding for donor platelets to be tested so they may be able to donate.
MIRACLES OF MITCH-THE MIRACLEKIDS CAMP
This grant provides several children battling cancer and their siblings the opportunity to attend Camp Courage, where they can participate in normal summer camp activities with the supervision of oncologists and medical staff to ensure their safety.
FAIRVIEW RIDGES HOSPITAL- FAIRVIEW YOUTH GRIEF SERVICES
Fairview Youth Grief Services provides support for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. The goal of the program is to help grieving children restore a sense of normalcy, stability and hope for the future.
OPEN ARMS-DELIVERING NUTRITIOUS MEALS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH CANCER
Open Arms prepares and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutritional needs of individuals living with serious and life-threatening diseases. Meals are also delivered to anyone in a household affected by disease, including caregivers and dependent children.
MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-MICRO RNA GENE REGULATORY NETWORKS IN PANCREATIC CANCER
This grant will be used to better understand the molecular mechanisms that contribute to the progression of pancreatic cancer. The goal is to develop therapies to can treat pancreatic cancer in early stages.
MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-BLOCKING ANNEXIN II TETRAMERS FORMATION INHIBIS TUMOR METASTASES INTO THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
This grant supports Dr. Olin’s work in stopping breast cancer from metastasizing into the central nervous system. The goal is is to greatly enhance patients’ quality of life and long-term survival.
MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH IN ADVANCED STAGES
These funds were provided to support Dr. Bazarro’s project to develop targeted therapies for forms of ovarian cancer that are not responsive to conventional chemotherapies.
MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-COMBINATION DRUG THERAPY FOR
Dr. Dudek is working on a project to develop a new combination drug therapy for metastic melanoma.
MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-REDIRECTING NATURAL KILLER CELLS
TO SARCOMA CELLS
This grant provides support for Dr. Verneris’ work to determine natural killer cells can be “redirected” to sarcoma targets.
MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-METFORMIN INHIBITION OF EPOXYGENASE PATHWAYS IN BREAST CANCER
Dr. Potter’s studies will test how metformin inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells
and cell growth.
MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-PHASE 1 CLINICAL TRIAL: VACCINE THERAPY IN TREATING MALIGNANT GLIOMAS IN CHILDREN
This grant provides Dr. Ohlfest with funds to begin a phase 1 clinical trial of vaccine therapy in treating malignant gliomas.
MINNESOTA MEDICAL FOUNDATION-ENGINEERING BIOLOGICAL DRUGS TO ENGAGE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IN KILLING CARCINOMA
These funds will support Dr. Vallera’s work to synthesize and test a new biological drug designed to direct and activate the cells of the immune system in the killing of pancreatic cancer cells.
MEMORIAL BLOOD CENTERS- HLA PLATELET TESTING TO IMPROVE DONOR MATCHES FOR CANCER PATIENTS
This grant will provide funds for Dr. Perry and Dr. Gorlin to test more platelet donors in order to match their platelets for cancer paitents.