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Helping Cure Cancer with Protein Folding

Organized by: Codie Picard

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I have started this fundraiser for:

  • Assistance towards the acquisition of additional equipment
  • Assistance towards maintenance expenses of current equipment
  • Assistance funding utility expenses, to keep equipment running and online 24/7

These expenses are a result of my ongoing efforts to contribute towards the discovery of new, enhanced therapies and cures for Cancer (of many different forms), AIDS, Huntington's, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ALS, CJD, and BSE.

This feat is accomplished with the utilization of the Folding@Home computer-based software created by Stanford University. This software requires sophisticated, high performance computer equipment for efficient protein folding.

The process of protein folding is critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology. When a protein is not folded correctly (misfolded), there can be serious health consequences, which include the aforementioned diseases above.

However, it is rather expensive to purchase, build, and maintain computers that can handle the calculation processes of protein folding. In addition, the equipment must be run 24/7, which requires proper storage, maintenance, and cooling procedures to prevent equipment failure. This is also expensive, as well as the utility expenses to keep the equipment and cooling systems running on a 24/7 basis.

Thus far, I have solely funded this operation, but as my equipment and utility bills continue to take a toll due to my efforts, I may not be able to continue much longer. I am currently a college student so I have a very tight budget. The equipment I am currently running was funded using my savings. I am requesting your assistance to allow me to continue contributing towards this cause.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any amount, to support my efforts to discover new and improved therapies, as well as cures, for some of today's most serious diseases. Thank you for your time and your contributions are very much appreciated!



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