Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Support
Memphis, Tennessee

Who We Are

The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research was founded in 2003 by the family of Herb Kosten after his death due to pancreatic cancer. Kosten’s family sought to improve community support, awareness, and funding for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest known cancers. The organization has raised over $1,500,000 for pancreatic cancer research and hosts a very active monthly support group meeting for patients, their families, and anyone interested in learning more about pancreatic cancer.

Our Programs

In 2004, in honor of Herb’s love of tennis, the Memphis-based organization began hosting annual tennis tournaments to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer and in 2011 the group held its first Kick It 5K run/walk. The annual signature event has grown to include more than 2,000 participants.

Money raised from the Kick It 5K and other Kosten Foundation events helps fund pancreatic cancer research and support fellowship training for future pancreatic cancer surgeons at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In addition, the Foundation presents a yearly symposium headlined by nationally recognized leaders in the field of pancreatic cancer.

The mission of Kosten foundation is four-fold:

  • To establish support and a forum for communication amongst those afflicted with pancreatic cancer via support group meetings and this website.
  • To assist with the training of future pancreatic surgeons.

  • To provide funding for a yearly Memphis public lecture on pancreatic cancer delivered by a nationally and/or internationally renowned expert on the disease.
  • To provide funding for clinical and basic research toward improving outcomes of those afflicted with pancreatic cancer.

It is our sincere hope that we provide an informative, compassionate and human approach toward improving the quality of life for those afflicted with pancreatic cancer and their families. Further, through research efforts, it is our very realistic passion that we find a path to the early diagnosis and cure of pancreatic cancer in our lifetimes.

Make A Donation

Your donation funds our research, support group, symposium series and other valuable projects in our efforts to end pancreatic cancer and to support those touched by the disease.


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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/