For the past decade, the H Foundation
an all-volunteer group founded by businesspeople in and near west suburban LaGrange, Ill., has grossed more than $4 million, of which $3.5 million has provided seed money for the Lurie Cancer Center, which in turn has leveraged about $30 million in a wide variety of grants â€“ all for basic research.
Proceeds from the H Foundation's wildly successful Goombay Bash—A Caribbean Festival to Find a Cure for Cancer—provide the majority of its philanthropic funds.
"The Goombay Bash was a remarkable and stellar success!" Dr. Rosen went on to say in response to the 2011 event, "I have profound respect for all of the members of the H Foundation and for what they have accomplished on behalf of the Lurie Cancer Center, its patients, and their families. We are confident that with the Foundationâ€™s generous support, we will make important strides in the fight against cancer." In December 2011, board members presented Lurie Cancer Center Director, Steven Rosen, MD, with a check for $300,000.
In recognition of the extraordinary commitment of the H Foundation board, including members John Rot and Steve Palmer, the Lurie Cancer Center's annual basic science symposium is now named the "H Foundation Annual Basic Science Symposium." By furthering laboratory-based research, the Foundation has allowed physician-scientists at the Lurie Cancer Center to pursue unique ideas and collect the initial data that ultimately results in their ability to compete successfully for larger, external grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other agencies. The cumulative accomplishments made possible by support from the H Foundation serve as a tremendous testament to the importance of private funding for basic science research at the Lurie Cancer Center. With these laboratory discoveries, researchers across Northwestern University strive to translate new findings into improved clinical treatments and cures for cancer patients everywhere.
The H Foundation holds its Annual Goombay Bash in August.