2016 Precious Jules Grant Winner


Dr. Suzanne MacFarland - Recipient of our 2016 Precious Jules Pediatric Oncology Research Grant of $20,000

Suzanne MacFarland is a Philadelphia native, who did her undergraduate degrees at Penn State and her medical training at NYU. She was very excited to return to Philadelphia to complete her residency training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and has remained there for her Hematology/Oncology fellowship, where she is currently finishing her third and final year. Suzanne has been passionate about research throughout her career, and is particularly interested in cancer predisposition syndromes. The funding from this award will work towards understanding mutations in Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome, a syndrome that causes polyp formation in children, and in 50% of patients leads to gastrointestinal cancer at an early age. Early diagnosis and treatment of patients and their family members is life-saving. Unfortunately, the genetic cause of the syndrome is only known in about 30% of affected patients. We will work with Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome patients and their families to uncover the genetic cause, which will allow earlier cancer detection and treatment. Our hope is that, by understanding the pathogenesis of cancer in patients with cancer predisposition, we can catch these cancers at an earlier stage, and better develop less toxic, more targeted treatment. Suzanne is incredibly grateful to the Precious Jules Foundation for the opportunity to move forward with this important work.



About Precious Jules Childhood Cancer Foundation

Our goal is to provide funding for our programs & services through voluntary private donations, foundation grants and corporate contributions. Precious Jules Childhood Cancer Foundation is a 100% volunteer organization with no paid staff. Funds for programs and services are overseen by the Foundation's Board of Directors and Trustees.


Precious Jules Childhood Cancer Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit public charity organization. Tax-ID: 46-4294133


Address: P.O. Box 116, Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Email: info@preciousjules.org

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