IMPACTS OF GIVING

2019

  • Better Together: Statewide Tumor Board Unites Cancer Research and TreatmentTo cut down on unnecessary cancer treatments, it would be ideal to quickly – and accurately – predict which drugs should be given to which patients. With funding from Garding Against Cancer and tumor samples generously donated by patients to UW Carbone’s Precision Medicine Molecular Tumor Board, Dr. Dusty Deming and colleagues are moving toward just that in colon, pancreas and other cancers.
  • Predicting Breast Cancer Through Machine Learning TechniquesCurrent breast cancer screening guidelines are good, but they could be improved to better screen people with above-average risks. With funding from Garding Against Cancer and a UW2020 grant, Elizabeth Burnside, MD, and her team are combining complex sets of genetic information with machine learning techniques to more precisely identify risk factors and improve early detection of breast cancer.
  • New Microscope Helps Researchers Better See Changes Inside Cancer CellsVisualizing microscopic structures in cells and tissues is a crucial part of understanding how cancers develop. A $50,000 supporting contribution from Garding Against Cancer helped UW-Madison scientists land a $1.3M grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to acquire a new, state-of-the-art electron microscope to peer deep into cancer cells.
  • Rapidly Advancing Cancer ImmunotherapyZach Morris: Immunotherapies are revolutionizing cancer treatment, but they only work in around 15-20% of patients. To improve effects in cancers where immunotherapies tend to work poorly, such as brain cancers or neuroblastoma, Dr. Zach Morris – the featured speaker at this year’s Garding Against Cancer signature event – is using Garding funds to build off of what his group has already found to be successful in immunotherapy and looking for ways to boost the immune system even more.
  • Garding Against Cancer Helps Cancer Patients in the Oshkosh AreaFunding cancer patient care and treatments in the Oshkosh community.
  • Garding Against Cancer Helps Wausau Area Cancer PatientsFunding cancer patient care and treatments in the Wausau community.

2018