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The SPARK Award is a prestigious annual award that celebrates and recognizes the efforts of individuals and organizations making a positive impact in Memphis

The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research was recently named as a 2017 SPARK Award winner for a nonprofit with an annual budget under $1M. The prestigious annual awards recognize the efforts of individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and schools, in 13 different categories who are igniting change and making a positive impact in the Greater Memphis community. The 2017 winners were announced at an awards ceremony which aired on WKNO-TV on Dec. 18.

“We are excited and honored to be recognized by the community to receive a Spark Award as an organization that is igniting change,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “Over the past 14 years, we have sought to improve community support, awareness, and funding for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest known cancers. It is humbling to know that, with the help of our amazing volunteers and supporters, we are accomplishing our mission.”

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Fight Pancreatic Cancer at the 8th Annual Kick It 5K Benefiting the Kosten Foundation at Shelby Farms Park on April 8, 2018

Register for the Kick It 5K Before March 13 to be Entered into a Drawing to Win a Fitbit

Memphis, Tenn., February 5, 2018 – The 8th Annual Kick It 5K will take place Sunday, April 8 at Shelby Farms Park at 1 p.m. The all-ages event includes a 5K run, 1-mile fun walk, opportunities for spirit runners, an inspirational survivor ceremony, entertainment, and food vendors. Registration is open at https://kickit5k.racesonline.com/. Individuals who register on or before March 13 will be entered into a drawing to win a Fitbit!

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Organizations and Individuals throughout the Mid-South Join together to Raise Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer in November

Memphis, Tenn., November 1, 2017 – The Kosten Foundation is bringing awareness to one of the most deadly forms of cancer during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month this November with various initiatives and events, including their annual symposium lecture, City and County Mayoral Proclamations, purple lighting of public and private structures, a Tribute at Twilight event, and Kosten Foundation Purple Day for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. All donations to the Kosten Foundation in November will also be matched by Susan and Alan Kosten. Donations can be made online at www.kostenfoundation.com.

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Thursday, November 16 to be Proclaimed “Kosten Foundation Purple Day for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness” by City and County Officials

Big River Crossing and Levitt Shell to Glow Purple in Support


The public is invited to witness City of Memphis and Shelby County Officials present and proclaim November 16 as “Kosten Foundation Purple Day for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness,” followed by the lighting of the Big River Crossing bridge. The Big River Crossing Bridge turns purple for World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day, starting at sundown. The Levitt Shell will also glow purple in support of Kosten Foundation Purple Day for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

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Odyssey with Pancreatic Fistula

Dr. Charles Vollmer to Discuss an Odyssey with Pancreatic Fistula at the Kosten Foundation Annual Symposium Wednesday, November 15

The annual symposium, sponsored by the Kosten Foundation, will cover latest advances in research related to Pancreatic Cancer

Memphis, Tenn., October 27, 2017 – Dr. Charles Vollmer, Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “An Odyssey with Pancreatic Fistula” to the Department of Surgery at the Kosten Foundation annual symposium at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center on November 15, 2017, at 9 a.m. at 956 Court Avenue, Memphis, TN. The annual symposium is free and open to the public.

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Pancreatic Cancer Patients Meet Pancreatic Cancer Researchers at Kosten Foundation and UTHSC Purple Night

Over 100 attendees learned firsthand about the work the Pancreatic Cancer Research Team is performing to try to cure the deadly disease.

Memphis, Tenn., October 18, 2017 – More than 100 people turned out to learn about pancreatic cancer at The Kosten Foundation’s Fourth Annual Purple Night, held October 7, 2017, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC.) Designed to bring together researchers, physicians, patients, and their families, the event is open to the public and showcases work underway at UTHSC to find biomarkers for the disease, establish new treatments, and train the next generation of researchers who will unlock its secrets. The evening also includes a meal of Indian food prepared and served by the research team, making it a celebration of life.

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Kosten Foundation Monthly Group Meeting

Kosten Foundation Monthly Group Meeting Offers Support and Information to Pancreatic Cancer Patients and Caregivers

Memphis, Tenn., August 30, 2017 – The Memphis-based Kosten Foundation offers a monthly group meeting that is open to pancreatic cancer patients, families, caregivers, friends and anyone interested in learning about pancreatic cancer. The group meets the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cordova Public Library, 8457 Trinity Road, Cordova, TN. The meeting is free and open to all.

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Kosten Foundation1 day ago
What do leprechauns and early KickIt5K registrants have in common? They both saved money in their piggy bank! Register for the KickIt5K before March 21 for an early bird discount! www.kickit5k.racesonline.com
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Kosten Foundation2 days ago
Happy St. Patrick's Day! We are so LUCKY we have a supportive, engaging community like you!
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Kosten Foundation3 days ago
Have you stocked up on groceries for St. Patty's Day tomorrow? If you shop at Kroger, enroll for the Community Rewards program and proceeds of your groceries will be donated to the Kosten Foundation. https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow
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Kosten Foundation4 days ago
There's no routine screening for this deadly disease.
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Kosten Foundation4 days ago
We can never fully express our thanks to our wonderful Kick It 5K teams. Register for this year's event TODAY! Early registration ends March 21! www.kickit5k.racesonline.com #ThankfulThursday
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Kosten Foundation4 days ago
3.141592… It's National Pi Day! Why not have your cake and eat it too? Celebrate today with this healthy Orange and Almond Mound Cake. (Pg. 138-139) #WellnessWednesday https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/booklets/cook-book/