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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.

Test Drive a BMW in August and Support the Kosten Foundation

Roadshow BMW will donate $25 for every test drive taken between August 1 and 31 to the Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

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.

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Buy A Bike and Fight Pancreatic Cancer in November with the Kosten Foundation and All About Bikes

Buy a bike in November and All About Bikes will donate $20 to fight Pancreatic Cancer.

Memphis, Tenn., October 24, 2018 – Memphis-based nonprofit Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Support and All About Bikes invite the community to join in the fight against the third most deadly cancer during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month this November. For every bike purchased at All About Bikes on 621 S. Mendenhall Road in Memphis, Tennessee, $20 will be donated to the Kosten Foundation.

“We are incredibly thankful to Tommy James and the team at All About Bikes for supporting us during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month by donating $20 of each new bike purchased in November to the Kosten Foundation,” says Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to finding a cure for this terrible disease and we encourage you to participate and join us during our many initiatives coming up this month as we fight together as a community.”

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

Over 150 attendees learned firsthand about the work the Memphis-based Pancreatic Cancer Research Team is performing to try to cure the deadly disease.

Memphis, Tenn., October 18, 2018 – More than 150 people turned out to learn about pancreatic cancer at The Kosten Foundation’s Fourth Annual Purple Night, held October 6, 2018, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC.) The event is designed to bring together researchers, physicians, patients, and their families and showcases work underway at UTHSC to find biomarkers for pancreatic cancer, establish new treatments, and train the next generation of researchers who will unlock the secrets of the disease. The evening is open to the public and includes recognition of survivors, a memorial to those who have died from the disease in the past year, and a meal of Indian food prepared by India Palace Restaurant and served by the research team, making it a celebration of life.

“Purple Night gives individuals the opportunity to meet the Pancreatic Cancer Research Team, learn what they are working on, and hear about advancements they have made to help fight this deadly disease,” said Alan Kosten, chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “The Kosten Foundation exists to support events such as these, as well as to help fund research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, and provide resources and support to those battling the disease.”

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