World Cancer Day 2018—We can. I can.

To mark World Cancer Day on Sunday, we asked our scientists and volunteers what they’re doing to help fight cancer. Here’s what they said (click on a photo to expand it):

 

“Both of our lives have been directly impacted by cancer. We CAN and WILL climb mountains, both figuratively and literally, to support cancer research at VAI!”
– Blake Crabb, JBoard member and Purple Community volunteer, and Dan Rogers, Clinical Research Manager, Van Andel Research Institute

 

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“We can help kids fight cancers like Ewing sarcoma by developing more effective therapies with fewer side effects.”
– Dr. Patrick Grohar, Associate Professor, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

 

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“We can outsmart colon cancer!”
-Dr. Peter Laird, Professor, Center for Epigenetics

 

 

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“We can help find better treatments for bone metastases and find way to prevent cancer metastasis in the future.”
Dr. Xiaohong Li, Assistant Professor, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

 

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“I can support breast cancer research at Van Andel Institute through fundraising.”
-Pat Ringnalda, Race Director, Bee Brave 5K

 

 

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“We can unravel key biological processes in breast and pancreatic cancer using pre-clinical models and clinical samples.”
-Dr. Lorenzo Sempere, Assistant Professor, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

 

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“We can find cancer’s weak spots through high-throughput sequencing technologies.”
-Dr. Hui Shen, Assistant Professor, Center for Epigenetics

 

 

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“We are testing new drug targets responsible for the progression and chemoresistance of osteosarcoma, which is one of the most deadly diseases in children and young people.”
-Dr. Tao Yang, Assistant Professor, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

 

We Can, I Can is a World Cancer Day campaign run by the Union for International Cancer Control. Share your story and follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan.