Santa Clara's Walk4Pancreatic Cancer on Sat., May 7 was a HUGE success with more than 300 walkers. Donations are still be counted, but they are expected to exceed more than $20,000.
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-There were 285 registered wakers plus strollers, dogs, Santa Clara sports teams (men's basketball, women's basketball, women's golf and volleyball).
- Our honorable mention is for "Team Richie", a group from Salinas who raised over $3,000 for the UCSF Foundation in memory of Richie Berryessa.
- The last two walks have provided funds for a pilot project run by one of the Program Members, Dr. Bin Liu. Dr. Liu's project focused on attempting to advance pancreatic tumor detection and therapy by using recombinant DNA technology to create tumor - and tumor stem cell - like antigens. With these antigens, Dr. Liu is now attempting to discover and characterize novel human monoclonal antibodies that will target pancreatic cancer.
-Information on plans for future funds and uses for this year's walk: In the future, they hope to be able to fund more pilot projects like Dr. Liu's. Awards like these can motivate investigators to focus their laboratory research on pancreas cancer. By working closely with each investigator to fine tune each project before funding, they endeavor to fund projects that are likely to lead to larger endeavors eligible for extramural grant support.