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Kosten Foundation’s Kick It 5K Giving Away Free Earbuds

Register before October 7 to support pancreatic cancer research and be entered to win

Memphis, Tenn., September 16, 2021 –The Kosten Foundation announced participants that register for their 11th annual Kick It 5K race before October 7 will be eligible to win a pair of Jaybird Vista earbuds. Runners, walkers, and supporters can register for $30 on the event website at https://kickit5k.raceroster.com/. All proceeds go towards funding pancreatic cancer research.

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Kosten Foundation’s Kick It 5K Announces Baptist Memorial Health Care as Presenting Sponsor

Registration for in-person race benefitting pancreatic cancer now open

Memphis, Tenn., July 22, 2021 – The Kosten Foundation announced Baptist Memorial Health Care as the presenting sponsor for the 11th Annual Kick It 5K benefitting pancreatic cancer research and support. The November 7th race will be in-person at Shelby Farms Park. Runners, walkers, or anyone that would like to support the race can register on the event’s website at https://kickit5k.raceroster.com/.

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Roadshow BMW Donates $6,000 to Kosten Foundation for Roadshow Gives Back Program

Roadshow BMW Donation will go towards Kosten Foundation pancreatic research efforts

Memphis, Tenn., June 25, 2021 – Roadshow BMW announced today it will donate $6,000 to the Kosten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research and support as a part of its Roadshow Gives Back Program. Kosten Foundation supporters test drove more than 100 cars to earn the maximum donation.

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Test Drive a BMW in May and Support the Kosten Foundation

Memphis, Tenn., April 29, 2021 – The Kosten Foundation is partnering with Roadshow BMW in May for their Roadshow Gives Back program that supports local charitable organizations. For every test drive between May 1 and May 30, Roadshow BMW will donate $25 to the Kosten Foundation’s fight against pancreatic cancer. The Kosten Foundation funds pancreatic cancer research and has donated more than $2.4 million to help find a cure for one of the deadliest forms of cancers. Anyone interested in participating can schedule a test drive on the Roadshow BMW website at https://www.roadshowbmw.com/contact.htm, or you can visit the dealership at 405 N. Germantown Parkway.

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Kosten Foundation Announces $175,000 in Funding for Pancreatic Cancer Research

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.

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Kosten Foundation’s 10th Annual Kick It 5K Going Virtual

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.

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Kosten Foundation Announces $185,000 in Funding for Research Associated with Pancreatic Cancer

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

Memphis, 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 cancerous cells
  • 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.

The 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.

Kosten Foundation Receives $6,500 From 4th Annual Will James Extravaganza Hosted by All About Bikes

Son’s Fundraiser Pays Tribute to Father Who Died from Pancreatic Cancer

Memphis, 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 than $5,000.

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