Our Community Partners

For many decades, several state and local organizations have given generously to the Purdue Center for Cancer Research (PCCR). Their gifts have advanced our faculty researchers’ quests to improve the diagnosis of cancer and move closer to finding a cure. 

Indiana Extension Homemakers Association (IEHA)

The officers of IEHA established an endowment in 2010. Ongoing fundraising by the IEHA continues to fund this endowment and is used to support cancer research at PCCR. 

Carroll County Cancer Association

Since 1981, the Carroll County Cancer Association has supported undergraduate summer research programs, which provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience in a laboratory doing cancer research. 

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Indiana Elks

Since 1948, The Indiana Elks Charities Inc. has supported Purdue’s faculty with Innovative Grants funding. These grants help researchers pursue pioneering ideas that might not otherwise receive funding. Fighting cancer is the major state focus for the Indiana Elks, and more than 70 Indiana lodges raise money each year for cancer research in the state. 

Lafayette Lions Club

Since 1978, the Lafayette Lions Club has annually honored one PCCR faculty member with a Lafayette Lions Club Research Award to support his or her continued strides in cancer research. The recipient is recognized at the organization’s annual dinner each June. 

West Lafayette Sagamore Lions Club Cancer Research Symposium

The West Lafayette Sagamore Lions Club has been supporting PCCR since 1990 with yearly gifts that help fund research. The club also has a longstanding commitment to fighting cancer and has built a solid relationship with PCCR. In a further commitment to fight cancer and to honor their membership, the club made a $250,000 gift that established an endowment to fund an annual cancer research symposium. 

This symposium brought together cancer scientists from Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame, as well as other cancer organizations, to share information about the state of cancer research with one another and with the public. 

The first speaker was Dr. Elaine Ostrander, the branch chief and senior investigator of the comparative genetics section at the National Institutes of Health. Ostrander’s laboratory maps genes that are responsible for cancer susceptibility in dogs and humans. Cancer is the No. 1 killer of dogs, and studying cancer in dogs provides approaches to better understanding cancer development in humans. Ostrander’s lab also is interested in prostate and breast cancer susceptibility genes in humans. 

For more information, contact C. William Lovell with the West Lafayette Sagamore Lions Club at 765-463-5519.