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Jan. 9, 2014

Cancer Sucks donates $20K to support OSU-CHS research efforts

Cancer Sucks, Inc. recently awarded $20,000 to Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences to support ongoing liver and uterine cancer research led by Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., associate professor of immunology.

“We are grateful to Cancer Sucks, Inc. for its efforts to fight cancer by supporting research at OSU-CHS,” said Kaul. “This funding will help us conduct studies to understand the development of cancer, find new cures and secure federal funding for further research.”

The goal of Kaul's research is to understand how hepatitis C virus in the liver leads to the development of cancer. According to the American Liver Foundation, about 21,000 Americans are diagnosed with primary liver cancer each year, which is one of the few cancers on the rise in the United States.

For the past nine years, Cancer Sucks has made a donation annually to support Kaul's research. With the latest donation, Cancer Sucks has provided more than $127,000 to OSU-CHS.

Past donations from Cancer Sucks have made it possible for OSU-CHS to acquire matching funds to purchase equipment like a real time polymerase chain reaction machine and an Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer System. The instruments assist with cancer research investigations as well as ensure students are trained in cutting-edge cancer treatment technologies.

Cancer Sucks was established in 1998 by Rick Horton in honor of his mother, Donna Holland White, who died from cancer in 1996. The organization is run by volunteers who have been touched by cancer and focuses on raising money for cancer research. For more information about Cancer Sucks, visit www.cancersucks.com.

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