MRF’s Board of Directors last night approved named research grants for 2005 and I am pleased to inform you that a co-shared grant will be named in George Madzia’s memory.
Dr. Mayumi Fujita from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver has received the Award in Memory of Kathy Domijan, George Madzia, Kathy Salling and Deb Sandry. This is a second-year, $50,000 grant. The title of her grant is “Yeast Vaccine: A Novel Melanoma Vaccine” and I have attached a description. I will also inform Dr. Fujita of the named award and will provide contact information for her to communicate directly with you.
As we have said often, the challenges still facing the melanoma community are many, but the opportunities available to the Melanoma Research Foundation to make significant and meaningful differences are so much greater. Our mission is clear — research, education and advocacy. With your continuing involvement and support, I am confident we will succeed in finding new, effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure. We will, as well, continue to expand our awareness/prevention messages, to develop meaningful educational resources for patients, families, and healthcare providers, and to raise the voice of the melanoma community in Washington DC.
We are proud to have been able to name this grant in your father’s memory. Thank you and best wishes to you and your family in 2005 from all of us.
William R. Marsch
Acting Executive Director
The Melanoma Research Foundation