Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death. About 1,806,590 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed this year and in the same year about 606,520 Americans are expected to die of cancer (or about 1,662 people per day). We believe that these statistics are unacceptable.

The Cancer Research Foundation was established to draw attention to the need for cancer research, to provide useful information and resources, and to raise funds for top research facilities across the nation. We consciously support diverse and innovative centers in the expectation that each institute will find a different piece to the puzzle and that, together, will find a cure or cures to the over 200 types of cancer.

Each selected research center has been recognized by their peers for excellence and is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Each center conducts programs in three areas of research: basic research, clinical research, and prevention and control research.

Our recipients for this year are…


The Mayo Clinic’s research is focused on developing new and better ways to predict, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of cancer. Its innovations span “research bench to bedside,” bringing laboratory discoveries to the care of patients.


One of the oldest private cancer center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is devoted to patient care as well as to innovative research; making significant contributions to new and better therapies for the treatment of cancer.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital strives to advance cures for pediatric cancer through research and treatment. Consistent with its original vision, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.


The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is dedicated to: research into the causes and events of cancer; research leading to treatments; and research to improve the quality-of-life for those living with cancer.