ACPMP is honored to announce the following memorial and honorary designees for the research grants issued through our 2017 grant cycle.
Two of the four 2017 grants were issued in memory of friends we lost to PMP or Appendix Cancer. These donations remind us of our great responsibility to put these funds to the highest and best use possible, a responsibility that we take very seriously.
The other two 2017 grants were issued in honor of some incredible survivors and caregivers, families and friends who undertook major fundraising initiatives on behalf of ACPMP. We would not be able to do what we do without these incredible supporters. One of these two grants was issued as a replacement grant for a rescinded grant originally issued in 2016.
· J. Silvio Gutkind, PhD, University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA); Exploiting Systems Vulnerabilities in the Appendix Cancer and Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Oncogenome – issued in memory of Julie Fjeld, Trish Heraghty, Kim Skeen, Judy Greathouse, Jill West, Cari Burgess, Heidi Scanlon, William Jacques, Bette Davidson, Gary Wheeler, Cynthia Weakley, and Roberta Rabb.
· Traci L. Testerman, PhD, University of South Carolina School of Medicine (Columbia, SC); Novel animal models for the study of PMP etiology and treatment – issued in memory of Michael Weber, Sr., Dylan Blanchard, Ross Kent, Kim Dziabis, Mark Connolly, Randy Merrill, Sharon Leinbach, and Karen Teasdale.
· Marc Pocard, MD, PhD, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm), (Paris, France); P.A.T.R.ol 4 Cure – Pseudomyxoma Angiogenesis Translational Research Testing 4 anti-angiogenic drugs with animal models for PMP to propose a cure - issued in honor of George and Dawn Haskin, Carol Koch, Lauren Smith and Charles Klimas.
· D. Scott Merrell, PhD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD); Role of bacteria in the development and progression of pseudomyxoma peritonei – issued in honor of Robert Carr, Richard Boozell, Jeremy Kitzhaber, The Richter Family, Dave Wood (and the sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Arizona), and Scott Montgomery (replacement for 2016 grant).
Thank you as always to our supporters—you are our inspiration.