Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund
Harpoon President and Co-Founder Dan Kenary lost his 50-year-old brother Jim to a brain tumor early in 2007. He lost his mother to the same disease in 2011 and has created this fund in their honor to support important research on the disease. Dan and his family thank you for your support.
Although primary brain tumors are relatively uncommon, it affects over 62,000 people each year in the United States. Over one-third of these tumors are malignant gliomas and currently incurable. Investigators at Dana-Farber aim to discover a new generation of targeted drugs to attack specific mutated proteins that are found in brain tumor cells. The goal of these “smart” drugs is to kill only tumor cells, and spare normal cells. Malignant gliomas however present a unique challenge in that mutations in at least a half dozen different genes are currently known to contribute to their growth. This genetic diversity require a personalized approach – a system for individualized diagnosis and treatment.
Your donation will be made to support the Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund through the 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC). Over the past 33 years, PMC cycling events have raised $375 million for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The PMC sends 100% of these donations to fund research led by Dr. Patrick Wen, Center for Neuro-Oncology at DFCI.
Dr. Wen has provided a brief overview of the research being done at his lab, which you can read here. He has also provided his contact information in case you have further questions specific to his research. In addition, a recent review of treatment options, done by the center, and funded by the Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund, is available for you to read.
Some cyclists are going the extra mile and helping raise more to support this important research. Riding the B2B isn’t easy and neither is the added fundraising. The cyclists taking on this additional challenge will be commended on ride day and we commend you,their donors, for supporting them.
Harpoon B2B Fundraisers: instructions for how to fundraise for this fund will be made known after you are accepted to the ride.
To mail donations for this fund:
Please make checks out to
Pan Mass Challenge (Put HB0052 in the memo so it goes straight to the Jim Kenary Fund
77 Fourth Ave.
Needham, MA 02194
*Include a memo with the rider’s name so that the rider can receive credit for the donation.
Dan Kenary thanks you very much for your support. If you have any questions about the fund, please feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.