Cancer Sucks, Inc. recently awarded a $15,000 grant to help fund cancer research being conducted by Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. Since 2006, Kaul has received more than $165,000 in grants from the local nonprofit group to fund her research on liver and uterine cancer.
“Cancer Sucks has been an exceptional force in funding the search for new cancer treatments,” said Kaul. “I am deeply grateful to Rick Horton and Cancer Sucks for the continued support of this important work.”
Kaul’s research examines how chronic infections like the hepatitis C virus lead to the development of liver cancer and how some chronic infections in the uterus may cause uterine cancer. In addition, she is researching the link between hormones and cancer and seeking early detection markers that could improve treatment and survival rates. She is also working with material scientists at the Helmerich Research Center on using nanodiamonds as therapeutics for targeting resistance bacteria or cancer cells.
“We are proud to have assist Dr. Kaul in her research here in Tulsa,” said Rick Horton, founder of Cancer Sucks. “Her efforts are critical to developing new treatments for this horrible disease.”
Janaki Iyer, Ph.D., OSU-CHS doctoral fellow in biochemistry and microbiology, and Alea Hubbard, senior development coordinator for the OSU Foundation, accepted the grant for Kaul at the 11th annual Cancer Sucks Concert at Cain’s Ballroom on Nov. 28.
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.