Welcome to the Cancer Research Foundation

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 1,658,370 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed this year and in the same year about 589,430 Americans are expected to die of cancer (or about 1,620 people per day).

We believe that these statistics are unacceptable. The Cancer Research Foundation is a United States, a tax-exempt, 501(c)3, public charity that was created to raise awareness about the importance of cancer research and the ongoing need for cancer research funding. This year, we are proud to support the innovative research programs at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, and UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Together, the research conducted at institutions such as these has resulted in discoveries that allow for earlier diagnosis of certain cancers and improvements in treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed in 2004-2010 was 68%… up from 49% in 1975-1977. We are working to see survival rates continue to rise exponentially.

The goal of the Cancer Research Foundation is to see survival rates reach 100% and, ultimately, to become obsolete.

Current Cancer Survivors in the US
New Cancer Cases this Year
Expected Cancer Deaths this Year
Current 5 Year Survival Rate in US

“The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life; the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician.”

This quote by Dr. William J. Mayo reflects the mission of the Cancer Research Foundation… “to raise funds to support innovative cancer research centers focused on perfecting treatments, vaccines, and cures to the over 200 different types of cancer; and, ultimately, to become absolutely obsolete.”

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“Many badly needed goals, like fusion and cancer cure, would be achieved much sooner if we invested more.”

~ Stephen Hawking

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“Together we can make a world where cancer no longer means living with fear, without hope, or worse.”

~ Patrick Swayze

Funding Recipients

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 ranked as a Comprehensive Cancer Center (conducting programs in all three areas of research: basic research, clinical research, and prevention and control research). Our recipients for this year are…