Thank you for all of your support of Kure It Cancer Research over the past four years. With over $4,000,000 raised and $1,580,000 pledged to the doctors at USC Norris and UCLA Jonsson, I’m so proud about how far we’ve come as an organization in such a short period of time. To date, we have awarded 22 grants for different types of cancer research across the country, providing doctors with the seed funding needed for cutting-edge research. None of this progress would have been possible without the support of you, beloved family and friends, the storage industry, and our dedicated network of Trojans and Bruins who come together each year as Rivals United for a Kure.
As most of you already know, I have been battling kidney cancer for the past 17 years. Throughout my journey, I have experienced and witnessed the evolution of treatment first hand as a result of medical breakthroughs taking place. The research that we are supporting has enabled me to continue my fight each day, providing me the physical and mental toughness I need to Fight On.
A few years into my personal battle with cancer, I recognized a vast lack of funding allocated towards research for all but about ten types of cancer—leaving over 190 cancers underfunded. With the help of my family, friends and colleagues, I established Kure It Cancer Research to address this issue and provide direct and immediate financial support to the brightest minds in the field. Our annual Rivals United for a Kure campaign is our signature initiative that unites the USC and UCLA communities during football season to raise money for much needed underfunded cancer research. With the funds raised during the 2015 Rivals United campaign, we will award more deserving doctors the grants needed to advance how we prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. These grants are highly competitive and require collaboration between principal investigators from both USC Norris and UCLA Jonsson. It’s incredible to see these teams work diligently together towards a Kure.
Please join me once again in the fight against cancer by making a donation to Kure It on my Crowdrise page. For every gift to my fundraiser, I will match the amount dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000! Your contributions make a significant difference in the lives of people fighting this disease today and tomorrow. Together, we will win. Thank you and Fight On!