Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Rating: 4.88 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway Suite 302 New York NY 10006 USA

Mission: To accelerate breakthroughs, Damon Runyon provides today's best young scientists with funding to pursue 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
Results: Since 1946, Damon Runyon scientists, including 11 Nobel Laureates, have made some of the most important discoveries in cancer research, including: > 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.
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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of which the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund is one of our main charities, I cannot say enough about the research they have done over the years.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) has raised through charity events millions of dollars just by volunteers having fun and a very large amount of that has gone to this charity. It is one of the two largest yearly events we have here in Orlando.

Damon Runyon was a personal friend of Walter Winchell, and as an Eagle (FOE) he spent a lot of time, effort and money for this charity in memory of his dear friend.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I ran in the 5K at Yankee Stadium for the first time this year. It was very well organized, and everyone was very helpful and encouraging. I look forward to doing it again next year. What a great way to raise money and to get people together to raise awareness. I only learned of this organization a little less than a year ago. So far, I am very impressed.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer all i can say is that this foundation compares to no other. Everyone that is apart of this organization is extremely helpful and makes you feel welcomed. The marathon itself was extremely well organized, and it was a pleasure to become apart of it; after all it is for a good cause. The event is extremely enjoyable which crates a memorable experience. As a volunteer you get to see and meet people that come for different parts of the city or from different states just to take part on this event. It just goes to show how big of a deal this event really is to most people. I would highly recommend this event to everyone.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have run and walked the Damon Runyon 5K for the past 2 years. Both times, I have found it to be a well-organized event. The staff is so pleasant when you speak with them. This year it was so much fun to walk around the field. It seemed like there were more photographers taking pictures of those running and walking. I now have some great memories of the event. I will definitely be doing this charity event for years to come. I hope I can convince more people to come along with me.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This year, I was in charge of the media booth at Yankee Stadium for the 3rd annual Runyon 5K. The event was extremely organized and the instructions I was given were very clear.

The public relations department did a great job in answering any questions I had and picked up their phones promptly when any press arrived. Many press outlets covered the event and they were properly directed to where they needed to be and all questions were answered fully.

I think the Damon Runyon Team did a way better job this year than last year in regards to organization. All volunteers were used and no one was standing around without any instructions.

Kudos to the whole team~

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give everyone a raise!

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

During the Runyon 5K, I was responsible for meeting and greeting media covering the event. As they entered Yankee Stadium, media was required to sign in. Then I handed them a press kit and press pass and asked if they needed assistance, interviews, etc. I pointed them in the right direction and called the communications director to guide them further. The instructions I were given were clear, the room comfortable and the experience thoroughly enjoyable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I dont know what this means

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I were thrilled to participate in this run. My mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer at the end of last year and we ran in her honor. Also, my husband's mother lost her battle with throat cancer in 2004, therefore we ran in memory of her. We were so happy that the weather cleared up and there was no changes to the course. We ran the warning track at Yankee Stadium! Still can't believe it, but we'll have the picture to prove it soon!

The only complaint I have was there was a bit of confusion when we checked in for our bib numbers. We wanted to pick up our t-shirts before the run and we were sent to Gate 6 only to be told to go right back to where we had originated. We did a lot of walking back and forth, so we wound up just waiting until we finished to get the shirts. Other than that the day was magnificent and we can not wait to do it again next year!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not applicable

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

I learned about the Damon Runyon 5k while researching runs in my area on www.active.com. I then started following the organization on Facebook and through e-mail to stay informed about the registration date and general information regarding the run.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Amazing event at an amazing venue!!! What a great way to raise money for a worthy cause!!! Who wouldn't love running around the field and through Yankee Stadium all in the name of fighting cancer?!?! It was an organized, well-run event and it was tons of fun!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the 5K race

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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