Our Results Are Different
In 15 years, we have raised nearly $6.5 million, including $675,000 in 2015 alone, to help find a cure for cancer. All proceeds benefit Basic Science Cancer Research, supporting the early, novel ideas that then lead to additional grants. The money we have raised has resulted in over $35 million in additional research funding.
The H Foundation Cancer Therapeutics Pipeline
In partnership with the Basic Science Research Division of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, our funding has established The H Foundation Cancer Therapeutics Pipeline, seeding the discovery of new cancer drugs and early stage diagnostics. There are currently 25 compounds in the pipeline, targeting a number of cancers. We are proud to announce three of the compounds are moving into FDA sanctioned clinical trials for leukemia, lymphoma, pancreatic, and other cancers. Together, we are getting closer to finding a cure!
$20,000 Grant Turns Into $21 Million!
Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff's desire to promise young cancer patients a healthy reproductive future after going through treatment became a reality with the help of The H Foundation. The H Foundation provided Teresa with a $20,000 grant to begin the extensive research process of these treatment and preservation options. After showing such promise and true medical results, The Feinberg School was later awarded a $21.6 million grant to study the fertility threats posed to young men, women, and children after cancer treatment.
Dr. Woodruff has coined the term "Oncofertility" to describe a new discipline that bridges the information and technology gaps between oncology and reproductive medicine, providing viable fertility preservation options for people with cancer and other fertility threatening diseases. Teresa has since established The Oncofertility Consortium to address the complex health care and quality-of-life issues that concern young cancer patients. The main goal is to establish a multidisciplinary, inter-institutional and inter-professional network of medical specialists, scientists, and scholars to study the relationship between health, disease, survivorship, and fertility preservation in young cancer patients. This is just one example of how The H Foundation helps provide the start-up funds that are then matched and thousands of dollars is able to turn into millions.
One of the most exciting successes of the Cancer Center’s basic science research is in the area of emerging science of Oncofertillity. The Feinberg School was awarded a $21 million grant from the National Institute of Health to study fertility threats posed to women by cancer treatment. This new research will create an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientists, oncologists, pediatricians, social works and medical ethicists to help women preserve their fertility while being treated for cancer.
"The H Foundation continues to help us provide critical funding and has had an extraordinary impact on ground-breaking research to develop more effective approaches for cancer prevention, detection, and treatment."
– Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, Director, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University; Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology
“The H Foundation is a model for community commitment to the cause of cancer prevention and elimination.”
– Steven T. Rosen, MD, Emeritus RHLCC Director