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Spring is finally here and we are happy to announce some exciting educational and fundraising events happening in 2015. There are lots of great opportunities to support the PMP/Appendix Cancer community. We hope you will join us at some of these events, either in person or online.


We greatly appreciate your support!!   


Here's what's new
2015 Educational Events
2015 Fundraising Events
2015 Grant Opportunities
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2015 Educational Events 

West Coast UCSD Moores Cancer Center and the PMP Research Foundation Symposium

San Diego, CA - Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mark your calendar for the PMP / Appendiceal Cancer Advances in Treatment & Research hosted by Dr. Andrew Lowy.  Details are in the works and will be coming soon.


Midwest PMP/Appendix Cancer Symposium

Edward Hospital, Naperville (Chicago), IL - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We are happy to announce our first ever Midwest United States symposium which will be held at Edward Hospital in Naperville (Chicago) on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Hosted by Dr. George Salti and with a faculty to include Dr. Paul Sugarbaker, this promises to be a great event. Details and registration information coming soon.


Fifth Annual UMass/PMPRF PMP/Appendix Cancer Patient-Practitioner Symposium

Worcester, MA - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Save the date for this year's fifth annual event, covering the latest advances in the treatment of PMP and Appendiceal Cancer hosted by Dr. Laura Lambert. Details coming later this year!


2015 Fundraising Events   

Registration is now open for our Ninth Annual PMP Cancer Walk and Dad's Day 5k taking place once again on Father's Day, Sunday June 21, 2015 just outside Philadelphia, PA. Over the past 9 years this fantastic event has raised over $250,000 for PMP research and education. Come join us, or better yet bring your family and friends and form a team of walkers!  If you can't make it in person, why not set up a personal fundraising page and walk in your own neighborhood? Click here to Register and select the Virtual Walker option to create your personalized fundraising page for free!


Summer Scurry Logo The Sixth Annual Summer Scurry takes place this year on Saturday, August 8, 2015just outside Cleveland, OH. This event honors the memory of our founder, Lisa Luciano and includes a 5K Walk/Run, One Mile Kids & Family Fun Run, Lisa's Kids Fest and more. This event has raised over $250,000 for PMP research over the past 5 years. Register here!   


Team Keith The Team Keith Memorial Pub Crawl takes place this year on Saturday, August 22, 2015in Naperville, IL. This event honors the life and memory of Keith Surges. Team Keith now has partnered with the PMP Research Foundation to continue its mission of Research and Education. Registration is now open! 


Hoops for a Cure The 1st Annual Hoops for a Cure Basketball Challenge is happening in Mooresville, NC on Saturday, September 26th! Help raise money for Appendix Cancer and PMP research. Come enjoy a day full of basketball events: 3v3, 4v4, 3-point Dunk Competition and more. Cheer on your family and friends in a fun atmosphere. This event is for any skill level and is meant to be fun! Click here to Register, and also visit and "Like" our Hoops for a Cure Facebook page.  


Want to coordinate a PMP/Appendix Cancer fundraising event? We can help! Contact us at


2015 Grant Opportunities

The PMP Research Foundation will once again be offering two $50,000 2-year research grants for 2015 to be administered by NORD. The Request for Proposal will be available the first week of June. Abstracts will be due in August, full proposal invitations will be announced in September, full proposals must be received by NORD in October, and the award announcements will be made in December, 2015. Please visit PMPRF's Research Grant Program or NORD's Research Grant Program to learn more and to access the RFP when it is available in early June.   


Interested in the latest research on PMP and Appendix Cancer? Check out our Published Research page, where we are constantly updating our PMP/Appendix Cancer research library!


Our past grant recipients continue to publish cutting edge research results made possible by PMP Research Foundation grants! Check out recent works published by Dr. Renehan and team (2009 and 2011 recipient), "Global gene expression in pseudomyxoma peritonei, with parallel development of two immortalized cell lines;" and Drs. Zeh (2009 recipient) and Guo (2010 recipient), "Mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibition reduces mucin 2 production and mucinous tumor growth."   


A heartfelt thank you to all our supporters who make research like this possible!


NORD Small Bowel Syndrome Patient Meetings

The National Organization for Rare Disorders invites patients and caregivers/families affected by Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) to participate in special events to meet other patients and speak with a medical expert.  


These meetings will provide an opportunity for you to come together in a small group and gain the encouragement and hope that comes from meeting face-to-face with other SBS patients. Everyone will be able to share personal experiences with each other, gain a better understanding of this rare disease, and help others cope with the effects of their illness.  


NORD will support the efforts of the SBS community by sharing accurate and useful information. All patients will receive a travel stipend to offset the cost of attending the event. Upcoming meetings are as follows:


Registration Open: 

June 20, 2015 - Pittsburgh, PA  

July 10, 2015 - New York City  


Registration Coming Soon: 

September 12, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN
September 25, 2015 - Omaha, NE
October 24, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA
November 7, 2015 - Dallas, TX
December 5, 2015 - Atlanta, GA
Want to help?  
We welcome volunteers who would like to get involved in helping to raise funds for valuable PMP research and education. Want to organize a fundraising event? We can help! Send us an e-mail at

We are also looking for volunteer committee members! Let us know if you are interested in serving on one of the following committees: Fundraising, Education, Communication and Marketing, Finance, and Research.  

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Patient Advocate Award  

PMPRF President Jerry Lewandowski was proud to accept the first Gabriella Graham Patient Advocate Award at UPMC Regional Cancer Therapies 2015 which was held in Sand Key, Florida in February.   

Click on the links to view Dr. Bartlett's introduction of the award, Dr. Lambert's presentation of the award to Jerry, and Jerry's acceptance speech (part 1 and part 2).


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