Your Funds At Work

Why support Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma

As a volunteer led organization, we are best suited to make sure your donations fund sarcoma research and advocacy.  Here is a list of grants we were able to gift due to the dedication and generosity of our supporters

$50,000 – Dr. Kurt Weiss – Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to support the ongoing collection and maintenance of the tissue bank enabling research for all Pittsburgh sarcoma scientists.

$35,000 – Dr. Melissa Burgess – UPMC Hillman Cancer Center to study the effectiveness of two immunostimulating drugs on selected sarcomas.

$35,000 – Dr. Sarah Taylor – Magee Women’s Hospital to look at the immunologic makeup of leiomyosarcoma and how it relates to treatment.

$50,000 – Dr. Kurt Weiss – Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to support the ongoing collection and maintenance of the tissue bank enabling research for all Pittsburgh sarcoma scientists.

$50,000 – Dr. Kurt Weiss – Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to support the ongoing collection and maintenance of the tissue bank enabling research for all Pittsburgh sarcoma scientists.

$50,000 – Dr. Kurt Weiss – Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to support the ongoing collection and maintenance of the tissue bank enabling research for all Pittsburgh sarcoma scientists.

$50,000 – Dr. Kurt Weiss – Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to support the ongoing collection and maintenance of the tissue bank enabling research for all Pittsburgh sarcoma scientists.

$50,000 – Dr. Kurt Weiss – Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to support the ongoing collection and maintenance of the tissue bank enabling research for all Pittsburgh sarcoma scientists.

$50,000 – Dr. Kurt Weiss – Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to support the ongoing collection and maintenance of the tissue bank enabling research for all Pittsburgh sarcoma scientists.

$50,000 – Dr. Kurt Weiss – Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to support the ongoing collection and maintenance of the tissue bank enabling research for all Pittsburgh sarcoma scientists.

$50,000 – Dr. Kurt Weiss – Musculoskeletal Oncology Laboratory in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to support the ongoing collection and maintenance of the tissue bank enabling research for all Pittsburgh sarcoma scientists.

From 2011 to October 2019, Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma raised funds through the Sarcoma Foundation of America.

PCS Funds

Half of those funds were gifted to the Hillman Cancer Center – totaling over $740,000.  The remaining funds were gifted to the following researchers in $50,000 grants

2020

Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma Research Award

Ryan Roberts, MD, PhD

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

“Identifying mechanisms of osteosarcoma chemoresistance that arise from the lung metastatic niche”

2019

Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma Research Award

David Scadden, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

“Identification of molecular targets promoting differentiation and loss of self renewal in osteosarcoma”

2018

Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma Research Award

Maria Paola Paronetto, PhD

IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation

“Global impact of the DNA/RNA helicase DHX9 on the processing of coding and noncoding transcripts in Ewing sarcoma pathogenesis”

2017

Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma Research Award

Cheryl London, DVM, PhD

Tufts Medical Center

“Interrogating the regulation, function and therapeutic potential of monocarboxylate transporters in osteosarcoma”

2016

Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma Co-Founder Carl Firetto Memorial Research Award

William Karl Decker, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine

“Outbred Canine Model of Adjuvant Immunotherapy for Angiosarcoma”

Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma Co-Founder Bill Suit Memorial Research Award

Lionel Mu-Lo Chow, MD, PhD

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

“A Novel Genetically Engineered Mouse Model for Angiosarcoma: Molecular Characterization and Comparison to Human Angiosarcoma to Develop Targeted Therapy”

2015

Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma Co-Founder Carl Firetto Memorial Research Award

Meenakshi Hegde, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

“Adoptive cellular therapy for Ewing’s sarcoma”

 

Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma Co-Founder Bill Suit Memorial Research Award

Steven Katz, MD

Roger Williams Hospital

“Pre-clinical development of anti-KIT CAR-Ts for metastatic GIST”

2014

Pittsburgh 5K Cure Sarcoma Research Grant

Liang-Chuan Wang, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

“CAR T Cell Therapy for Sarcoma”

2013

Pittsburgh 5K Cure Sarcoma Research Grant

Brian Van Tine, MD, PhD

Washington University, St. Louis

“A metabolomic approach to targeting ASS1 deficient sarcomas”