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our latest recipient

Dr. Rafael Bejar's Laboratory Team

Divisions of Hematology-Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplantation - UCSD Moores Cancer Center

January 10, 2017

Dr. Bejar's clinical practice and research concentrates on understanding the genetic changes that drive the development and progression of hematologic malignancies like acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). The team's goal is to translate their discoveries into clinically meaningful improvements in how they care for patients with these disorders. The Foundation donated a Fisher Scientific Sonic Dismembrator Ultrasonic Processor, shown on the left in the fume hood, that allows cell disruption for processing sample volumes. The goal is to discover genes that physicians can test for mutations in order to select the best treatment options for their MDS patients. 

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Pictured, L to R:

Brian Reilly; Tim Luger; Rafael Bejar, MD, PhD; 

Tiffany Tanaka, MD; Armon Azizi 

  • 16 pieces of equipment purchased to date
  • Each recipient carefully chosen based on Foundation guidelines
  • Donated to UCSD Moores Cancer Center; The Salk Institute; The Scripps Research Institute, The Burnham Institute; The Vaccine Institute and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Matt Liedle

CFO, sponsor (Liedle, Larson, Lidl & Vail), volunteer (and director of music!).

Olga Bastiaannet

Co-Founder, volunteer, survivor, and director of media.

Every dollar helps our cause, but we also need additional volunteers who are willing to give us a few hours of their time on a committee for our annual fundraising event, letter writing campaign, or several other opportunities.

Hope For a Cure Foundation has a unique mission. We use almost 100% of every donated dollar to purchase equipment for local cancer researchers/physicians in San Diego. We are all volunteers, and this is our passion.

We are currently accepting proposals in order to determine our next physician/scientist recipient. We appreciate your interest and support and will publish that information soon. Stay tuned!

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Renae Farley

Volunteer, survivor and advocate for research and early detection.

  • Founded in 2004 by 5 passionate volunteers
  • No salaries
  • Minimal administrative costs
  • Annual letter writing campaign
  • Annual fundraiser; next one in 2017 
Hope for a Cure Foundation's Corporate Sponsor is Liedle, Larson, Lidl & VAIL  -  we thank you!

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Maryjo Highland

Co-Founder, volunteer, cheerleader and President extraordinaire.