Our Mission

To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research. Since its founding in 1946, Damon Runyon has invested nearly $355 million and funded nearly 3,700 young scientists.

yung S. lie, phd, named Damon Runyon's next leader

Yung S. Lie, PhD, was appointed the incoming President and Chief Executive Officer of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Dr. Lie succeeds Lorraine W. Egan, who will step down in December. Read about Dr. Lie, a former Damon Runyon fellow, as she leads our efforts to end cancer.


This year Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation raised a record-breaking $2.6 million at its Annual Breakfast honoring Leon G. Cooperman, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors, Inc., and Damon Runyon Board of Directors member.


Damon Runyon grants fellowship awards to 18 top young scientists

Grants totaling nearly $4.2 million give early career scientists independence to pursue novel ideas. The recipients of this prestigious, four-year award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting innovative cancer research across the country. Read more