The Damon Runyon - Jake Wetchler Award for Pediatric Innovation
The Jake Wetchler Foundation has partnered with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation to recognize innovative researchers in the fight against pediatric cancer. The Damon Runyon-Jake Wetchler Award for Pediatric Innovation will be given annually to a third-year Damon Runyon Fellow whose research has the greatest potential to impact the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of one or more forms of pediatric cancer.
The Award is made in memory of Jake Wetchler, a young man who fought with indomitable spirit against two cancers. At age 18, Jake was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and beat the cancer into remission. But the chemotherapy he received gave him a second cancer, and with few effective treatments available, he lost his life to acute myeloid leukemia. Jake never let down in his fight against cancer, living with a powerful will and lively wit, and while cancer killed Jake it never defeated him. This Award in Jake’s honor is intended to recognize scientists whose research helps to fight back against pediatric cancer, and whose innovative ideas and hard work may one day lead to advances so that young people like Jake are not taken from us and instead can live their lives and fulfill their promise.
The first Award with be given in September 2016 at the Damon Runyon Fellows retreat in San Jose, California, and will be presented by members of The Jake Wetchler Foundation for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research. It will be a $5,000 prize with no restrictions on its use.