Cancer Moonshot Initiative:

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 "That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind."

Neil Armstrong, Commander, Apollo 11, July 20, 1969
Graduate of Purdue University, B.S. 1955

From President Barack Obama

SUBJECT: White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force

Cancer is a leading cause of death, and cancer incidence is expected to increase worldwide in the coming decades. But today, cancer research is on the cusp of major breakthroughs. It is of critical national importance that we accelerate progress towards prevention, treatment, and a cure -- to double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer -- and put ourselves on a path to achieve in just 5 years research and treatment gains that otherwise might take a decade or more.  See more details of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force here. 

Listen to Vice President Joe Biden speak at the National Cancer Moonshot Summit.

The Cancer Moonshot initiative seeks to encourage collaborations in the cancer research community which may lead to new discoveries that could finally bring an end to cancer. Purdue University is a world leader in discovery. We put a man on the moon - and now our goal is to lead the way to find cures for cancer! As an awarded cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research is committed to our mission of fighting cancer.

We have made remarkable advances in cancer research in the past few years, pioneered right here at Purdue University. Yet we still have work to do. The future of cancer research depends on the support of partners like you. If you’d like to be our partner in this vital mission, please go to the donate button below to make your gift today. Help us with our "Cancer Moonshot Initiative" and our goal of curing cancer!


Since 1978, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research has been a National Cancer Institute-designated basic-research cancer center. Only seven institutions in the United States have earned this title.  Our work focuses on investigating cancers where they begin – at the cellular level – to investigate the cause of, and cure for, one of the most devastating killers of our time. Doctors and scientists throughout the world use our discoveries to develop methods, medicines and medical devices to save and enhance patient lives.


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