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  • 2.5 million To Dr. Melissa Skala - Dr. Melissa Skala, one of the VICC Ambassadors’ 2012 Discovery Grant recipients, let us know this week that the funding provided by the VICC 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 […]
  • Wilhagan’s Marie Memorial – May 26, 2014 - In March of 2012 Marie Bagsby, Wilhagans’ general manager of 14 years, lost her battle to cancer. The Marie Memorial was established in her memory, and in the three years since Marie’s death Wilhagan’s has contributed $14,000 to the VICC Ambassadors at Vanderbilt. This funding was used to support innovative cancer research being conducting by […]
  • VICC Ambassadors Awarding Day – November 9, 2013 - 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 […]
  • An Evening with the Director - 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 […]
  • Courtney Jenrath Featured in Upcoming Edition of Momentum Magazine - Our fellow VICC Ambassador Courtney Cooper Jenrath will be featured in the upcoming edition of VICC’s Momentum Magazine. What an exciting way to showcase the community of support that VICC Ambassadors have locally and nationally. Thanks for representing us well, Courtney!
  • Awardee Chris Williams Recognized on - 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 VICC 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 […]
  • Blind Date by Kate Steinbeck - William Henry once stated, “What is research but a blind date with knowledge.” A little over four years ago, my sister and I and a few other young professionals, driven by our desire to end cancer, asked Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center on a blind date, and from my perspective it was love at first sight! Four […]
  • The Psychological Impact of a Discovery Grant by Melissa Skala - I’d like to talk about the psychological impact that the VICC Ambassadors Discovery Grants have on the new investigators who receive them. Newly independent scientists who start their own research labs are vulnerable in the same ways that new businesses are vulnerable. We suffer from inexperience and “rookie” mistakes, a lack of resources to start-up […]
  • Todd Jackson The C Word – Courage, Creativity…and Cure by Todd Jackson - You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control how you react. When I mention “the C word” (particularly on a cancer website), a natural reaction is to think of pain and suffering…hopelessness and despair. Words are powerful. They can become so loaded with latent meaning as to almost become oppressive. I […]