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The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation Awards $15,000 Cancer Research Grant

BY: Jen Velasquez | DATE: April 01, 2015

ROCKY FORD, Colo. -The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, a Colorado nonprofit corporation, has awarded Dr. Eva McGhee of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in Los Angeles, Calif. with a $15,000 grant to investigate breast cancer research.

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation is comprised of pumpkin growers throughout the country, who since in 2012 have committed to donating funds for every pink pumpkin sold to organizations dedicated to breast cancer research. FFA and 4H students also raised substantial funds for the foundation through pink pumpkin sales for the second year.

To be eligible to receive its grant, the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation asks that its potential grantees spend no more than 20% of the funding in administrative costs, present proof of their 501(c)3 status and not be otherwise sufficiently funded. 

"As we head into year four, we want to thank all the people who make it possible for us to fund these grants year after year," said Carol Holsopple-Froese, president of the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation and a breast cancer survivor. "We are so happy to be able to award this grant to Dr. McGhee; it is always our hope that our growers' efforts and contributions are bringing us closer to a cure." 

Dr. McGhee is a faculty member in the College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Cancer Research and Training, at CDU, and she is also on the faculty at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. McGhee's research focus is on Precision medicine-translational research in genomics/genetic instability: investigating the relationships between human papillomaviruses (HPV) and breast cancer, HPV and Cervical Cancer-at the DNA and protein levels, HPV and oral cancer-mouse model, and how HPV drives HIV infection to malignancy-as it relates to genomic instability and DNA repair.

"I am so thankful to receive this grant that the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation has so gracefully awarded me," said Dr. McGhee. "Being from the Midwest, agriculture has and will always have a special place in my heart and I am honored to accept this grant to which so many hardworking farmers across the country have contributed."


About the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation was created in 2012 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. The foundation is made up of America's pumpkin growers have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold to organizations involved in breast cancer research. The foundation will oversee the donations and ensure that the funds go directly to reputable organizations with the highest percentage of dollars spent on actual research.

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science College of Medicine Medical Education

The Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program provides unique, quality training in the scholarly and humane aspects of medicine and fosters the development of our future health care leaders who will advance the overall health in underserved communities in the United States and abroad. Students are selected on the strength of their academic record and on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to serving underserved communities with compassion. Each year, twenty-four students enroll in the four-year community-based medical education program. Our students represent the full range of gender, ethnic, and educational diversity, which contributes to the strength of our program. Students admitted to the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program benefit from both CDU and UCLA in a combined curriculum.


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