04. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Grants and Research, News · Tags:

University of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 23, 2012 – For the seventh year in a row, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, have received funding from the GIST Cancer Research Fund – a patient-driven organization that funds research on gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). These tumors occur in the gastrointestinal tract and initially can be successfully treated with the targeted therapy drug Gleevec, but rapidly develop resistance to the treatment.

The $120,000 award supports the research of Anette Duensing, M.D., assistant professor of pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. According to Dr. Duensing, GIST research in her laboratory aims to better understand the biology of More »
08. June 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags:

Novartis drug Gleevec® shows significant overall survival benefit for patients with GIST after three years of adjuvant treatment vs. one year

  • Data show 66% recurrence-free survival and 92% overall survival at five years following three years of adjuvant therapy with Gleevec in patients with resected KIT+GIST1
  • First large Phase III clinical trial to demonstrate survival benefits of extended treatment with Gleevec for three years compared to one year following surgery1
  • Important finding for treatment of GIST patients who are at risk of recurrence following complete resection of primary tumor

Click here for full press release

16. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags:


Our fund raising walk for GIST will be held on April 14, 2012 In Yakima WA.

In the meantime we will hold a drawing for a personally made quilt which was donated to GCRF and we will be selling tickets at $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. We will announce the winner in October in time to use it during the cool weather. We will contact you if you are the winner and will make sure that you receive it.

You can purchase tickets by sending a check made out to GCRF.  You will receive your ticket stubs and a receipt for your donation by return mail.  Send checks to Mrs. Tempest Sanborn 132 Maru Ave. Selah, WA 98942.

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02. November 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: News

As part of the 2010 GIST walk in NY, the Honorable U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY) issued a proclamation in recognition of The GIST Cancer Research Fund and its Walk on October 24, 2010. 

GISt Proclamation

US Senator Charles Shumer  
06. May 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags:
A Dream Come True   !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GIST logo

Fred & Stephanie

Fred & Stephanie Shuman made a generous donation of $ 40,000 to help eradicate this devastating cancer.  Their generousity also resulted in pushing us over the top and reach this amazing milestone in our efforts to fight GIST.

Thank you Fred and Stephanie for making the difference.

01. May 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags:

The second annual GIST "Find the Cure" fundraiser held at the Riverview Restaurant in Oakdale, NY on April 28th raised over $13,000 to help in our battle against this devastating disease.  We would like to thank Eleanor Svedi and all those who helped her put on this event.  The commitment they have shown in creating a greater awareness of this disease is appreciated by all those whose lives have been affected by GIST.

09. January 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: News, Uncategorized

Rock Out for a Cure!!! GIST Benefit Concert

The GIST Benefit Concert held in Sunnyvale, CA on January 30th raised $6,000 for the cause.  Our sincere thanks go out to Christy & Ginny Henzi and family (and of course good friends) who put this event together.  And of course a big thank you to those who attended and donated so generously.

And of course our thanks and best wishes go out to Jim Henzi, who was diagnosed with GIST in 2000.  After a 9 year battle and 3 surgeries, he is currently cancer free and we all want to keep it that way!!!

More information can be found at http://jrhgist.webs.com

26. December 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: News

The Second annual GIST Benefit Ball (Voorhees, New Jersey) held on Jan 30th of this year raised an amazing
$ 13,198.46. We would love for you to join us in congratulating and thanking organizer Julie Kramer, her hardworking friends, family and committee – everyone who worked tirelessly to make this such a stunning success.

We at GCRF appreciate the efforts, commitment and the determination that goes into such a worthwhile (and fun) project. Thank you for making the difference in so many peoples lives.

View photos from this year’s event!

12. November 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: News, Uncategorized

GIST HalloweenHi, my name is Eric Biegansky, and I was recently diagnosed in October, 2008 with metastatic tumors in both my stomach and on my liver.  Once I was able to mentally and emotionally come to terms with my condition and also feel relatively comfortable that I was able to physically handle the treatment, I decided, with the unwavering, strong support of my wife Jill, to do something about it and see what we could do to actively fight GIST as opposed to standing on the sidelines waiting for something good to happen.

To that end, we recently hosted the inaugural “GIST Do It! Let’s Find a Cure” Benefit party in Chicago, IL on October 24th, 2009. Working in close allegiance with the GCRF, the party was the culmination of months of hard work and an overwhelming level of support from family, friends, and the greater Hinsdale community where they live just outside of Chicago.

Thanks to generous donations for both the party and silent auction items, the party was a huge success and raised over $47,000 for the GCRF.  As importantly, the 350+ attendees had a great time at the Halloween costume-themed event and truly served as a source of inspiration for all of us affected by this cancer.

Jill and I look forward to working with GCRF leadership in the coming months to target these funds through the most impactful and promising channels to help find a cure!  Here are some photos of highlights from the event.”

1,000 MILES, 10 DAYS
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WABI TV5 Video and Related Story
Wayne Thomas, Wayne.Thomas@sappi.com
Kathy Abbott, kmaadv@aol.com

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