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October 28, 2005

Louisiana Cancer Foundation Presents Check To College Of Pharmacy Professors

The Louisiana Cancer Foundation presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy. Virginia Knickerbocker, Director of the Louisiana Cancer Foundation, presented the donation to Dr.Girish Shah and Dr. Paul Sylvester, both Basic Pharmaceutical Science professors.

The donation will be used to aid the professors in their cancer research, such as purchasing supplies, lab equipment and testing materials.

"It's exciting to me that such great work is taking place at my alma mater and in my community. This is the kind of cancer research you read about in books, but it's actually taking place here, at ULM," said Knickerbocker.

Knickerbocker had read articles in both The News Star and The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Alumni Newsletter--Drumbeat News-- about Dr. Shah's and Dr. Sylvester's cancer research. Moved by the advancements the professors were bringing to the cancer field, she made a proposal to the Louisiana Cancer Foundation Board of Directors requesting a donation for the professors' research.

"The vote was unanimous; everyone felt like a donation to the College of Pharmacy in the area of cancer research would be put to great use," said Knickerbocker.

The Louisiana Cancer Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Northeast Louisiana Cancer Institute for the purpose of increasing public awareness, early detection, treatment, and research for cancer in the state of Louisiana. It also supports several organizations with volunteer and monetary help.

"We really wanted to support the professors; there is so much potential in their research. Who knows what the future, or the immediate future, will hold with work like this being done," said Knickerbocker

For more information about the Louisiana Cancer Foundation please contact Virginia Knickerbocker at (318) 327-1996.

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