Damon Runyon News

March 24, 2020

We’re thrilled to welcome Judy Swanson to the Damon Runyon Board of Directors this year. Judy is passionate about encouraging science and innovation at all levels, which is one of the reasons she supports Damon Runyon. Judy has been a member of the Damon Runyon Bay Area Committee since January 2017.

“I believe in the Damon Runyon approach: identify and support the most creative science,” she explains. “As a donor, the ability to learn about current research and interact with scientists is truly inspiring, informative and stimulating. I feel that Damon Runyon uniquely provides me every opportunity to become personally involved in all aspects of support. And that was before I became a member of the Board! Now, I’m excited to learn more about how decisions are made in finding, funding and supporting our scientific community.”

Judy’s late husband, Bob Swanson, is credited with launching the biotechnology industry when he co-founded Genentech in 1976 at the age of 28. Genentech has since made groundbreaking discoveries including the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis. “Bob supported, encouraged and empowered the best science and scientists because he wanted to change the world for the better and help people lead healthier and happier lives. Though Bob died 20 years ago at age 52 of brain cancer, his legacy lives on. I think Bob is a perfect example of ‘Brave and Bold’,” Judy says.

“The fact that 100% of my donation goes directly to the scientists encourages my giving and makes me proud of my support---because, I, too, want to change the world for the better,” she adds.