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Dec. 4, 2014

Cancer Sucks, Inc. supports OSU-CHS cancer research with $25K donation

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has received a $25,000 grant from Cancer Sucks, Inc. to support ongoing liver and uterine cancer research.

“We are so grateful to Cancer Sucks for their generosity,” said Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., OSU-CHS associate professor of immunology. “The organization’s continued support has been critical in researching new cancer treatments and helping advance our understanding of cancer development.”

Kaul is researching is early detection markers for cancer to increase the chances of successful treatment and survival. The research is focused on the role of chronic infections in the development of liver and uterine cancer.

More specifically, Kaul is examining how hepatitis C virus-related chronic infection leads to the development of liver cancer and how the human papillomavirus can lead to uterine cancer. She also studies the link between hormones and cancer.

Cancer Sucks has supported Kaul’s research at OSU-CHS every year since 2006. With the latest donation, Cancer Sucks has donated more than $150,000 to OSU-CHS and has made it possible for OSU-CHS to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for Kaul’s research.

“We love to support Dr. Kaul because it makes a difference locally,” said Rick Horton, founder of Cancer Sucks, Inc. “We have seen great results from her research.”

Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., interim vice president for research and chief operating officer at OSU-CHS, accepted the grant on behalf of Kaul at the 10th annual Cancer Sucks Concert on Nov. 29 at Cain’s Ballroom.

Cancer Sucks has donated more than $1 million to support cancer research since it was founded. Horton established the nonprofit Cancer Sucks, Inc. in 1998 as a living memorial to his mother, Donna Holland White, who died from cancer in 1996. The Tulsa area organization is run by volunteers who have been touched by cancer and focuses on raising money for cancer research.

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