Memphis, Tenn., January 27, 2021 – The Kosten Foundation announced today it will provide $175,000 in grants to fund three pancreatic cancer research teams. The Memphis-based pancreatic cancer nonprofit is partnering with Baptist Clinical Research Institute in Memphis, University of Texas Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine in McAllen Texas.
Memphis, Tenn., September 1, 2020 – The Kosten Foundation has announced its 10th annual Kick It 5K will now be a virtual event hosted November 5-19 during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The walk/run fundraiser has been rescheduled from April due to COVID-19 and rescheduled again from October to the final dates of November 5-19 to align with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Bethesda, MD., July 14, 2020 – The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Gastrointestinal Steering Committee named Kathryn Gilbert Craig, Director of Public Outreach for the Memphis-based Kosten Foundation, to its Pancreas Task Force as a Patient Advocate.
Kosten Foundation continued mission of pancreatic cancer support, awareness, and research by funding three research programs at the following institutions for 2020 – Baptist Clinical Research Institute, UT-Southwestern Medical Center and UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
Tenn., January 24, 2020 – The Kosten Foundation, a
Memphis-based nonprofit created to provide support for pancreatic cancer
patients and their families, awareness for pancreatic cancer issues, and to
fund research associated with pancreatic cancer announced today they are
providing $185,000 to be used for research associated with pancreatic cancer.
The Kosten Foundation has donated more than $2,000,000 for pancreatic cancer
research since its inception in 2003.
“We have visited each of
these institutions and seen first-hand the incredible work they are doing. We
have been so impressed with each of these partners that we are proud and
humbled to be able to provide a total amount of funding of $185,000 to help
further their research efforts to help increase the survivor rates of this
deadly disease,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Foundation for
Pancreatic Cancer Support.
Summaries of the funded
programs are below:
Baptist Clinical Research Institute
Studying the “whipple”
procedure and its removal of lesions in the pancreas
A whipple procedure removes a portion of the
pancreas, the gallbladder, and part of the lower intestine in order to remove
UT-Southwestern Medical Center
Researchers will collect
clinical data and tissue samples to study patients with an increased risk of
pancreatic cancer in order to increase diagnostic success of pancreatic cancer
and develop personalized treatment plans for patients
UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
Researchers are studying
the effectiveness of a gene therapy designed to inhibit the growth of
pancreatic cancer and make it more vulnerable to chemotherapy
In addition to its
research efforts, the Kosten
Foundation holds support group meetings at the Cordova Public Library the
second Saturday of every month for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The
pancreatic cancer support group is open to anyone who would like to attend.
Kosten Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser is the Kick-It 5K slated for
Sunday, April 5 2020 at Shelby Farms Park. The all-ages event includes a 5K
run, 1-mile fun walk, opportunities for spirit runners, an inspirational
survivor ceremony, entertainment, and food vendors.
Son’s Fundraiser Pays Tribute to Father Who
Died from Pancreatic Cancer
Tenn., October 16, 2019 – The Fourth Annual Will James Extravaganza
fundraiser, benefiting the Memphis-based Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic
Cancer Support and hosted by All About Bikes, raised more than $6,500 for
the fight against pancreatic cancer. Last year’s event raised more
Roadshow BMW donates maximum amount to benefit
the Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Memphis, Tenn., September 9, 2019 – More than 300 drivers took a test drive at Roadshow BMW between August 1 and 31, 2019, to help raise $6,000 in support of the Memphis-based Kosten Foundation’s fight to end pancreatic cancer. For every test drive taken at Roadshow BMW’s dealership located at 405 N. Germantown Parkway, the dealership donated $25 to the Kosten Foundation as part of its Roadshow Gives Back promotion. Roadshow BMW doubled the donation up to a maximum of $6,000 if 100 test drives were made.
Fundraiser Pays Tribute to Father Who Died from Pancreatic Cancer
Memphis, Tenn., September 4, 2019 – The Fourth Annual Will James Extravaganza fundraiser, benefiting the Memphis-based Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Support, will take place on September 29, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at All About Bikes on 621 S. Mendenhall Road in Memphis, Tennessee. Last year’s event raised more than $5,000 for the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Roadshow BMW will donate $25 for every test
drive taken between August 1 and 31 to the Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic
Memphis, Tenn., July 30, 2019 – Drivers who take a test drive at Roadshow BMW between August 1 and 31, 2019, will be helping to support the Memphis-based Kosten Foundation’s fight to end pancreatic cancer. For every test drive taken at Roadshow BMW’s dealership located at 405 N Germantown Parkway, the dealership will donate $25 to the Kosten Foundation as part of its Roadshow Gives Back promotion. If 100 test drives are made, Roadshow BMW will double the donation up to a maximum of $6,000.
Memphis, Tenn., May 6, 2019 – While severe weather may have forced the cancellation of the Kosten Foundation’s Ninth Annual Kick It 5k on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Shelby Farms Park, the more than 1,300 registered runners, walkers, volunteers, pancreatic cancer survivors, and supporters raised more than $135,000 to support the fight to end pancreatic cancer, the third deadliest cancer. Participants also set new records for individual team fundraising and near-record levels for the number and size of teams. Groups took to social media to share their unique stories and show support for the Kosten Foundation and the fight against pancreatic cancer despite the stormy weather.