Damon Runyon Blog

Tagged: cancer research

October 23, 2018

Approximately 450 supporters took part in Runyon Up, the first fundraising stair climb held at the newly opened Salesforce Tower in San Francisco on October 21. Climbers faced a unique vertical challenge in the 61-story building, the tallest in San Francisco, and were rewarded with breathtaking views from the top.


January 18, 2017

By Daniel Webster, PhD, Damon Runyon-Philip O’Bryan Montgomery Jr. MD Fellow


The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation recently asked some of our current award recipients how cancer will be prevented, diagnosed, and/or treated differently in the future. What can a future cancer patient, say 10-20 years from now, expect to experience? Their responses were fascinating, and over the next few months we will share their visions for the future on this blog. 


November 7, 2016

Lorraine Egan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation


In this year’s Giving section of The New York Times, a prominent Silicon Valley donor, Cari Tuna, was quoted as follows:


“The biggest piece of advice I would give any donor is to be proactive,” Ms. Tuna said.  “Find the best charity for your values.  The charities that are the most aggressive and best at marketing aren’t necessarily the ones doing the most good.”


October 18, 2016

Philippe Soriano, PhD, Professor, Department of Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


I have been on the Damon Runyon Fellowship Awards Committee for three years and as a developmental biologist, who studies signaling pathways in mouse embryos, I do not strictly work on cancer. However, the Damon-Runyon Fellows are all very bright minds and are curious about all areas of science, so it was really fun to interact with them at the Fellows Retreat in San Jose, CA, from September 25-28, 2016.


September 12, 2016

Lorraine Egan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation


We look at cancer research from a different vantage point than most.  We are uniquely focused on the people that make breakthroughs happen.  They are the most important explorers of our generation, and our unsung heroes.

The goal of this new blog from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is multi-faceted.  We will highlight the important discoveries being made, from the most basic to those directly impacting patients.  We will discuss what we see working in biomedical research, as well as impediments that need disruptive ideas.  Most importantly, we will put the scientists dedicated to this work front and center.  Who are they?  What new ideas do they have?  What motivates them? What challenges do they face?  Our goal is to bring them and their bold, innovative work into the light with the hope that it inspires our generation to be the one that ends suffering from all forms of cancer.