2.5 million To Dr. Melissa Skala

June 19, 2014
Dustin Williams

Dr. Melissa Skala, one of the Young Ambassadors’ 2012 Discovery Grant recipients, let us know this week that the funding provided by the Young Ambassadors allowed her team to develop novel assessment technologies to enable accurate drug testing in patient tumors. Following the breakthrough discoveries in Dr. Skala’s lab that came about as a result of the Young Ambassador discovery grant, her team applied for and received an RO1 from the NIH and additional funds from the DoD and private foundations, which provided them with follow-on funding of $2.5 million.

Since the Young Ambassadors were formed in 2008, they have raised over $500,000 in funding for cutting edge cancer research projects. With the addition of Dr. Skala’s $2.5 million, this seed money has generated additional funding of almost $5 million, an incredible return on investment!

Young Ambassadors Awarding Day – November 9, 2013

December 3, 2013
Dustin Williams

I didn’t know what to expect attending my first awarding. I was blown away by the researchers and their dedication to finding a cure for some of the most horrific cancers people face today. Trying to narrow down the top three was a struggle. All of the presenters are doing research that will have a positive impact on treatment outcomes. They were all so deserving.

– Kylee Ervin

Young Ambassadors



An Evening with the Director

October 31, 2013
Dustin Williams

The night started off with everyone gathered around the patio at Rumours Wine Bar in the gulch as we listened to Kelly, Todd and EB update us on our fundraising progress. We had already raised over $70,000 and our goal for this year is $105,000 which we are getting very close to! After a quick transition inside due to the weather, Abigail Rose and Cale Dodds performed their original songs as everyone sipped on wine and enjoyed hors d’ oeuvres. As a special treat, Tim Nichols arrived and performed his #1 hit “Live Like You Were Dying.” It was a fabulous night!

– Ruth Franklin

Kate Steinbeck

The Franklins with Kelly Mansfield

Kate Steinbeck

Rumours Patio

Kate Steinbeck

Our wonderful entertainment!



Awardee Chris Williams Recognized on Cancer.org

June 25, 2013
Dustin Williams

I was fortunate to receive funding from the American Cancer Society at a very early stage in my career which, like the funding that I received from the Young Ambassadors, provided resources that were pivotal in moving my research program forward and making discoveries. The ACS recently recognized my program as one of their 100 Stories of Hope campaign. – Christopher S. Williams, M.D., Ph.D.

Chris Williams

Cancer.org 100 Stories of Hope