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Cancer Sucks, Inc. donates to OSU-CHS uterine cancer research

TULSA (Nov, 7, 2011) - Cancer Sucks, Inc. recently gave a $10,000 gift to OSU Center for Health Sciences for cancer research conducted by immunologist Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D.

This is the sixth consecutive year OSU-CHS has received private funding from Cancer Sucks, Inc. Its founder, Rick Horton, began the organization in memory of his mother, Donna Holland White, who died in 1996.

Dr. Kaul said this year’s funds are dedicated to research in uterine cancer, which involves the lining of the uterus and is the third most common cause of gynecologic cancer death. “One of the known risk factors for the endometrial cancer is high estrogen levels that may cause cancer-promoting changes in the cells,” she said. “My research work will involve studying the role of high estrogen and its receptors in endometrial cancer cells that may allow the cancer cells to escape killing by immune killer T cells.”

Past gifts from Cancer Sucks, Inc. have made it possible to acquire matching funds to purchase a real time polymerase chain reaction machine and an Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer System, being used in Kaul’s lab to conduct molecular studies at gene and cellular level to understand cancer development.

Instruments purchased with these research funds also are used for education outreach and workshops to introduce technology to local high school, undergraduate and medical students. The equipment also is used in a summer biomedical research training program for disadvantaged middle and high school students at the OSU-CHS.

More information about Cancer Sucks, Inc. is available at www.cancersucks.com. The organization’s purpose is to provide a forum for those who have lost loved ones to cancer while aggressively raising money to find a cure.

The Cancer Sucks gift to OSU-CHS through the OSU Foundation will count toward Branding Success: The Campaign for Oklahoma State University. This $1 billion comprehensive campaign recently surpassed $819 million in gifts and commitments for student support, endowed faculty positions, facilities and programs. For more information on this historic campaign and its record-setting pace, visit OSUgiving.com.