Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Overview
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New York 10006
Direct beneficiaries per year: All Damon Runyon awardees receive support for at least three years. Each year, the Foundation supports the work of approximately 40 new, exceptional researchers in addition to those already receiving funds. In its history, Damon Runyon has enabled more than 3,250 scientists to conduct the most innovative cancer research.
We strive to:
> Identify the best early career scientists in cancer research.
> Accelerate the transformation of discoveries into new diagnostic tools and treatments.
> Enable risk-taking on bold new ideas.
To date, the Foundation has invested more than $250 million in cancer research, supporting more than 3,350 doctors and researchers. Its alumni include 11 Nobel Laureates and 63 members of the National Academy of Science (the science "Hall of Fame")
The Foundation also hosts the annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium, a unique run/walk & fundraiser for cancer research.
Learn more on our website at http://www.damonrunyon.org
> Groundbreaking research confirming the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer (1954)
> Identification of the first cancer-causing gene (1970)
> Development of treatments to arm the immune system against cancer cells (2008)
A timeline of milestones and achievements is also available on www.damonrunyon.org.
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