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Cancer Sucks, Inc. grant aids OSU-CHS research and education outreach

Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D.

Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D.

TULSA, Okla. – Cancer Sucks, Inc. has donated $20,000 to support cancer research at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Science.

This is the fifth consecutive year OSU-CHS has received funding from Cancer Sucks, Inc. Its founder, Rick Horton, began the organization in memory of his mother, Donna Holland White, who died in 1996. “I like to give to OSU-CHS,” Horton said. “It always has been so appreciative of our gifts. We are a small, all-volunteer non-profit, with no paid staff, and corporate sponsorships support our expenses.”

Researcher Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., associate professor of immunology, said OSU-CHS deeply appreciates the donation from Cancer Sucks, Inc. “Their donations have helped our cancer research lab to acquire vital equipment including a real time polymerase chain reaction machine and an Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer System. These instruments enable us to conduct molecular studies at gene and cellular level to understand cancer development,” she said.

A $10,000 grant from Cancer Sucks, Inc., in 2009 helped to secure matching funds for a $45,200 Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer System. The system rapidly quantifies properties of single cells and serves as an important tool to identify cancer cell populations.  It is especially helpful in conducting studies to understand how the Hepatitis C virus in liver cells leads to development of cancer, Kaul said. This year’s donation will support cancer research and help secure matching funds to purchase a laser capture micro-dissection instrument, used to study tumor tissues at a single cell level.

All instruments also are used for education outreach. “We have conducted seven workshops so far to introduce technology to local high school, undergraduate and medical students who will be our future leaders in science and medicine,” Kaul said. The equipment also is used for a summer biomedical research training program for disadvantaged middle and high school students.

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.


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.