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  

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.

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A lot

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2012

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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!

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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!

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the 5K race

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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