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Supporting Young Scientists in Innovative Cancer Research with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

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What is it?
Hi! I'm Jason -- I have the priviledge of being part of an intrepid team raising $1M to support innovative cancer research from early career investigators as part of the Timmerman Traverse with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.  We will be raising money and adventuring to summit Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, at 19,340 feet to highlight and raise awareness for this worthy cause. 

Why does this matter?

My motivations are personal -- here's why in detail-- below is a summary...

Supporting the best and the brightest early in their scientific careers is fundamental to the advancement of transformative science, but it is on the decline.  The National Institute of Health has reported that the percent of grants going to young investigators has been steadily decreasing for decades (see the blue line in the chart)

Percentage of R01 investigators age 36 and younger and 66 and older 1980-2010. Innovative research often starts early...with bold new ideas from young scientists.  Since 1946, Damon Runyon has provided funding for over 4,000 young scientists who have gone on to win:

  • 13 Nobel Prizes
  • 7 National Medals of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor
  • 97 elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the science “Hall of Fame”

and have been at the center of cancer breakthroughs for 75 years, for example

  • identifying the link between cancer and smoking
  • demonstrating the potential of immunotherapies and CAR-T cell therapies and CAR T- cell therapies

I was an early researcher myself completing my PhD at the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD and have been priviledged to experience a time of extraordinary advances in cancer research, from early detection and screening to genetic engineering, CRISPR, and cell therapies that have the potential to cure.  It's a truly amazing time.

Please Join Us by Donating and Showing Your Support Today!

Click the links below to learn more about the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and the work they are doing!

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To make an offline donation
Please send your gift to the address below. Be sure to include my name as the climber you are supporting. Damon Runyon's EIN for a Donor Advised Fund is 13-1933825. For stock donations or wire transfer instructions, please email

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Attn: Timmerman Traverse
One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 302
New York, NY 10006

My Supporters

  • Savills February 2024 $2,500.00
  • a16z February 2024 $5,000.00
  • John Fesko January 2024
  • The Morrison & Foerster Foundation January 2024 $7,500.00
  • Alice Chen January 2024 $100.00
  • The Morrison & Foerster Foundation January 2024 $7,500.00
  • a16z February 2024 $5,000.00
  • The Morrison & Foerster Foundation December 2023 $5,000.00
  • Savills February 2024 $2,500.00
  • Hamid Ghanadan Safari n'jema! Have a great trip and thank you for all of your efforts in fundraising! January 2024 $1,000.00

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