The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has been on the cutting-edge of cancer research since its founding in 1946. Since its inception, the foundation has invested over $300 Million in research conducted by some of the nation’s brightest scientists. Damon Runyon Fellows continue to be trailblazers in cancer research, with twelve former recipients receiving Nobel Prizes. Their commitment to curing cancer has led to lifesaving discoveries about new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat all forms of cancer. It was a Damon Runyon scientist that first found a scientific correlation between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer, one of the many examples of groundbreaking research funded by this extraordinary organization.
Before partnering with Damon Runyon in 2015, the William Raveis Charitable Fund supported cancer centers across New England, with breast cancer being the focus of the fund. By 2014, the Charitable Fund had donated more than $2 Million to regional organizations that supported cancer patients and their families during all parts of their journey.
The William Raveis Charitable Fund supports the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation by hosting the Annual Raveis Ride + Walk. This bike and walk event is a family-friendly and community event that honors local cancer survivors and Damon Runyon scientists alike. In the first two years, over $1 Million has been raised for the foundation, 100% of which is promised to go straight to the scientists.