MRF 2007 Career Development Award

I am honored to inform you that a co-sponsored 2007 Career Development Grant has been awarded in memory of George Madzia. This first-year grant is awarded to Dr. Gregory Lesinski at The Ohio State Universitry, and will be listed in our announcement and promotions as: Award in Memory of Brian Anderson, Tom Butler, Dr. R. Heath Scott, George Madzia, Karl Osterlof, Bruce Schocken, Bob Whitman, and George A. Wilkins.

Dr. Leskinski’s project is titled: The Role of Suppressors of Cytokine Signaling (SOCS) in Mediating the Anti-Tumor Properties of Interferon-alpha (IFN-?). [Below is] a summary of his research project.

Sandy, we are indebted to you, your family, and friends for making this first-year grant in George Madzia’s memory possible. Thank you from all of us.

Bill Marsch
The Melanoma Research Foundation

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Letter from William R. Marsch

Thank you from the Melanoma Research Foundation and the melanoma community.

We very much appreciate your support of the Madzia Family at the September 17th fundraiser on behalf of the Melanoma Research Foundation. We appreciate your partnership with us and our national efforts ro raise money for melanoma research.

Our priority message must be: Every hour of every day, someone dies of melanoma in the United States. Melanoma strikes people of all ages, all races, all economic levels and both sexes. It is the most common cancer for women 25-29 and the second most common cancer for women 30-34. The incidence of melanoma is increasing faster than any other cancer. Today, an American’s lifetime risk of developing melanoma is one in 75; by 2010, is expected to be one in 50.

We know that the medical and research challenges facing the melanoma community are many, but the opportunities available to the Melanoma Research Foundation to make significant and meaningful differences are greater. Our mission is clear – research, education and advocacy. With your support, you are helping us make a difference.

This past year the Madzia Family raised money to co-sponsor a research grant for Dr. Mikhail Nikiforov at the University of Michigan, in memory of George Madzia. We plan to continue Dr. Nikiforov’s second year grant with your 2006 support.

Many thanks from MRF, the melanoma community, and the Madzia Family.

Sincerely,

William R. Marsch
Program Director

MRF 2006 Research Grants

On Wednesday night the Melanoma Research Foundation Board approved all named grants for 2006. As you might know, our priority goal is to attract young scientists to the field of melanoma research and have established our two-year, $100,000 junior investigator grants to do just that. This year we will award five first-year grants and three second-year renewal grants.

It is my pleasure to notify you and your family that one of our new junior investigator grants will be named in part in memory of George Madzia. The grant will be awarded to Dr. Mikhail Nikiforov at the University of Michigan. Dr. Nikiforov’s research is titled “Small Molecule Antagonists of Oncoprotein Myc as Inhibitors of Maligant Melanoma.” A layman’s write up on his two-year, $100,000 research grant will be in our Winter newsletter. This grant will be called “Award in Memory of Thomas W. Barner, Michael Benson, Warren C. Coloney, Art Fuller, Robert Hanson, Randy G. Johnson and George Madzia.”

We are all proud and grateful for what you, your family and friends did this past year and are most respectful in having this grant in memory of George Madzia.

Bill Marsch
The Melanoma Research Foundation

Research Grant Awarded in Memory of George Madzia

Dear Kevin,

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.

Sincerely,

William R. Marsch
Acting Executive Director
The Melanoma Research Foundation

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