For many decades, several state and local organizations have given generously to the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. Their gifts have advanced our faculty researchers’ quests to improve the diagnosis of cancer and move closer to finding a cure.
Carroll County Cancer Association
Since 1981, the Carroll County Cancer Association has supported a Summer Undergraduate Research Program, allowing Purdue undergraduate students to conduct cancer research laboratory work under the supervision of our researchers.
Since 1948, The Indiana Elks Charities, Inc., has supported Purdue’s faculty with Innovative Grants funding. These grants help researchers pursue pioneering ideas that might not otherwise receive funding. Fighting cancer is the major state focus for the Indiana Elks, and more than 70 Indiana lodges raise money each year for cancer research in Indiana.
Lafayette Lions Club
Since 1978, the Lafayette Lions Club has annually honored one of our faculty members with a Lafayette Lions Club Research Award to support his or her continued strides in cancer research. The Cancer Research Center faculty member is also recognized at the organization’s annual dinner each June.
West Lafayette Sagamore Lions Club Cancer Research Symposium
The West Lafayette Sagamore Lions Club has been supporting the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research since 1990 with yearly gifts that support the research being done at the Center. They also have a longstanding commitment to fighting cancer and have built a solid relationship with the Cancer Research Center. In a further commitment to fight cancer and to honor their membership, the Club made a gift of $ 250,000 to establish an endowment to fund an annual symposium on cancer research. This symposium will bring together cancer scientists from Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame, as well as other cancer organizations, to share information with one another, and the public, the state of cancer research. The first speaker was Dr. Elaine Ostrander, the branch chief and senior investigator of the comparative genetics section at the National Institutes of Health. Ostrander's laboratory maps genes responsible for cancer susceptibility in dogs and humans. Cancer is the number one killer of dogs. Studying cancer in dogs provides approaches to better understanding cancer development in humans. Ostrander's lab also is interested in prostate and breast cancer susceptibility genes in humans. For more information, contact C. William Lovell with the West Lafayette Sagamore Lions Club at (765) 463-5519.