Kosten Foundation and UTHSC Invite the Public to Learn About Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Research at Purple Night Saturday, October 6

September 27, 2018

Memphis, Tenn., September 27, 2018 – The Kosten Foundation’s annual Purple Night will showcase advances by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Pancreatic Cancer Research Team in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer on October 6, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, 881 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. The public is invited to the free event to meet the Pancreatic Cancer research team and learn what they are working on, with support from the Kosten Foundation and others, to end Pancreatic Cancer. Registration is requested at this link:  http://bit.ly/PurpleNight18

“Purple Night gives individuals the opportunity to meet the UT Health Science Center Pancreatic Cancer Research Team, learn what they are working on, and hear about advancements they have made to help fight this deadly disease,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “The Kosten Foundation exists to support events such as these, as well as help fund research to find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer.”

Guests will learn how the Pancreatic Cancer Research Team at UT Health Science Center is helping to fight Pancreatic Cancer and support cancer doctors, patients and their families. The Kosten Foundation recently awarded a $300,000 grant to the UT Health Science Center Pancreatic Cancer Research Team to support doctoral students, purchase new lab equipment, and support continued research efforts through the Dermon II Family and Herb Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Food will be prepared by India Palace Restaurant on Poplar Avenue and served by the Research Team. Admission is free and open to the public. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Kosten Foundation, the research it is involved in, as well as the free pancreatic cancer support group that the Foundation offers, is invited to attend.

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Alan Kosten (5th from left) with the UTHSC Pancreatic Cancer Research Team at Purple Night 2017


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About the Kosten Foundation:

The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research was founded in 2003 by the family of Herb Kosten after his death due to pancreatic cancer. Kosten’s family sought to improve community support, awareness, and funding for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest known cancers. The organization has raised close to $2,000,000 for pancreatic cancer research and hosts a very active monthly support group meeting for patients, their families, and anyone interested in learning more about pancreatic cancer. In 2004, in honor of Kosten’s love of tennis, the Memphis-based organization began hosting annual tennis tournaments to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer, and in 2011 the group held its first Kick It 5K run/walk. The annual signature event has grown to include more than 2,500 participants. Money raised from the Kick It 5K and other Kosten Foundation events helps fund pancreatic cancer research and support fellowship training for future pancreatic cancer surgeons at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In addition, the Foundation presents a yearly symposium headlined by nationally recognized leaders in the field of pancreatic cancer. For more information about the Kosten Foundation, its programs, and events, visit the website at kostenfoundation.com.

About the University of Tennessee Foundation:

The University of Tennessee Foundation was established in 2001 to support the University of Tennessee’s educational, research and public activities. As the preferred channel for all private contributions that benefit students and faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the UT Foundation works with donors to secure funds for scholarships, professorships, research, outreach programs, and other University initiatives. More information can be found at www.uthscalumni.com


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