This is a busy and exciting time for us as we prepare for several educational, fundraising and community outreach events, as well as our fall awards cycle, when we’ll select K-State’s next student cancer researchers. We hope you’ll join in at least one of our activities!
Join first lady of K-State Football Sharon Snyder, university president and first lady Kirk & Noel Schulz, and many other K-State fans as they show their pride in the university’s fight against cancer Oct. 4.
Help spread the word! Post pics on Facebook and Twitter of yourself and friends wearing the shirt, and use #HelpKStateFightCancer hashtag.
The 17th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament will be at 1 p.m., Oct. 3, at Manhattan Country Club. Rob was a K-State graduate in pre-dentistry who passed away from cancer at age 26. His family hosts the tournament in his memory. Players and sponsors are welcome!
Tailgate without the work! Come to our Tailgate Party in Cat Town Oct. 4.
Jefferson Science Fellow Distinguished Lecture at 4 p.m. Fri., Oct. 10, 221 Ackert Hall. The speaker will be Mitchell Turker, Prof. of Molecular & Medical Genetics, Oregon Health & Science University.
Our 5th annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness will be Oct. 17. The presenter, Susan Krigel, clinical psychologist with the Midwest Cancer Alliance and KU Cancer Center, will discuss “chemobrain.” Reservations required.
Dr. Michal Zolkiewski, biochemistry & molecular biophysics, led a study that could result in the first universal treatment for dystonia, a neurological disorder that affects nearly half a million Americans. read news release
Dr. Annelise Nguyen, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology, was appointed to serve a 4-year term on the National Institutes of Health’s Literature Selection Technical Review Committee for the National Library of Medicine. The appointment is based on quality of clinical and research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant medical and scientific activities, achievements and honors.
A.D. John Currie helped shine national spotlight on K-State cancer research
K-State Athletics Director John Currie accepted a Chillin’ 4 Charity challenge July 15 from another university A.D., allowing ice water to be dumped over his head. In addition to supporting the event’s charity, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, he included the Johnson Cancer Research Center. He in turn challenged some other A.D.s and after they accepted, he stayed true to his word with a donation to our center. news release
Middle school students gave gift in memory of former teacher
Anthony Middle School’s Silver 7 Team–that is, the 7th graders and their teachers–always sets aside a little of the money they raise for celebrations, to donate to a charity in Manhattan. For the past two years they’ve chosen our center.
Some of them were introduced to us in 2010, when they were still at Marlatt Elementary School. They had witnessed their teacher, Lisa Morgan, fight and succumb to cancer, and participated in a school-wide t-shirt fundraiser that honored her in her final days and raised money for our center.
Last year, when it was time for their middle school class to select a beneficiary, they voted to donate to our center in her memory. This year, they continued their support with another $250 gift.
We are impressed by these students who keep giving in Lisa Morgan’s memory, and honored to receive their meaningful gifts. Maybe in a few years, one of the Silver 7 kids will receive one of our student research awards that they’ve helped fund!
Coach Snyder & Sunny 102.5 challenge Wildcats to tackle cancer
We are grateful again to K-State Head Football Coach Bill Snyder and Sunny 102.5 FM for sponsoring the Wildcat Challenge to Tackle Cancer. They recorded radio ads that are being played all over the state and sent letters asking people to join their challenge. Sunny 102.5 is including us in several promotional activities and will have their annual, live fundraiser on Fri., Oct. 3, from the rooftop of McDonald’s on 4th Street, in Manhattan.
Mason’s Wish/Western States Fire Protection golf tournament raised $20,240
Hundreds of miles west of us in Castle Rock, Colo., a golf tournament on August 1 raised $20,240 for K-State cancer research! Western States Fire Protection held their annual golf tournament to support Mason’s Wish, a charity that raises funds for our center.
Run by Mason Wolfe and her mom Nancy Wolfe, a 1990 K-State alumna, with support from family and friends, Mason’s Wish has raised more than $100,000 for us by selling candles, games, t-shirts and other items, and holding benefit events. They started the charity after Mason’s father, Fred Wolfe, a 1993 K-State alum, was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. She wanted to do something to not feel hopeless and to help her dad and other families.
Nancy recently joined our Advisory Council and her other daughter Morgan became a K-State student this fall. Mason dreams of becoming a brain surgeon and is considering attending K-State in a couple of years.
The 8th annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the Kaw Valley PRCA Rodeo July 25 raised awareness and funds for K-State cancer research. Rodeo spectators, participants and even horses wore pink! A pink balloon launch and cancer survivor recognition ceremony honored all who have ever faced cancer. The Silver Buckle Drill Team from McPherson did a special breast cancer awareness performance and Guardians of the Ribbon brought their pink fire truck, Nicki, from Wichita again.
The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association’s TETWP committee also held another successful spaghetti dinner, sponsored by Cox Bros. BBQ and First Presbyterian Church.
We are so grateful to the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association and the “Pink Committee” for choosing to support local cancer research! This year’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign raised almost $9,000! That brings their total to $67,000!
For a brief look at some exciting cancer research projects at K-State, check out our 2014 Conquest magazine! Featured are professors John Tomich, biochemistry & molecular biophysics; Masaaki Tamura, anatomy & physiology; Brian Lindshield, human nutrition; and Sherry Fleming, biology; as well as plant pathology graduate student Derek Schneweis and the purple-bleeding Wolfe family of Colorado.
Wren Michaels, junior in microbiology mentored by Stefan Rothenburg, received honors for her poster, “Generation of mosquito cells with enhanced antiviral activities,” at the K-INBRE Symposium. Read announcement.
Tara Marriage, research associate in biology mentored by Bradley Olson, got second place for her oral presentation, “The evolution of life cycle gene expression in the Volvocine algae: toward a molecular understanding of multi-cellular evolution,” at the K-INBRE Symposium. Read announcement.
Chen Peng, doctoral student in microbiology mentored by Stefan Rothenburg, won second place in the graduate student biological sciences oral presentation competition at the K-State Research Forum. Read news release.
On April 4, we honored 51 undergraduate students at our Cancer Research Awards Banquet at the K-State Student Union Ballroom. We also recognized their faculty mentors and families, and, of course, the donors that made the awards possible. We thank our volunteer greeters Cecilia Wuertz, president of K-State Cancer Fighters, and Carly Cubbage, member of Cats for a Cure.
These student researchers and their mentors applied together last fall for our Cancer Research Awards. They proposed research projects for the students, which were conducted during the spring semester. The students’ names and project titles are listed on our Student Awardees webpage. We awarded each student $1,000 and provided the mentors $1,000 per student for research expenses.
This program helps steer excellent students toward, and prepare them for, careers in cancer research and related areas. Many of the students consider it one of the most important things they do during college.
Thanks to our generous supporters, we invested $260,830 into K-State cancer research and education this semester! We awarded faculty $124,200 for innovative research projects and $31,787 for laboratory equipment. We awarded graduate students $99,080 in summer stipends and $5,763 for travel to present their research at scientific meetings. The awardees are listed on our Faculty and Student Awardee webpages.
This was $135,000 less than requested by faculty to support their research needs. But we’re pleased to have helped and to know that they will leverage our support into larger national funding and prestigious honors, helping advance K-State to a top 50 public research university by 2025.
To help K-State fight cancer, please visit our Join Us page for simple giving instructions. Our programs depend on private donations and 95% of all gifts go directly to cancer research while 5% helps advance the university. All benefactors are listed on our website.
Our ‘Fighting for a Cure’ t-shirts are back! We have some of the unisex style now and will get the ladies’ style this summer. Get yours in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, and to help pack Bill Snyder Family Stadium with them October 4! Buy or pre-order yours by emailing Marcia Locke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $20 and all proceeds benefit our center.