Farrah Fawcett Foundation Gives $1.2M Toward Cancer Research

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 05:11 PM

By Angela Deines

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A grant from the Farrah Fawcett Foundation is funding a new research effort to combat certain kinds of cancers.

Other groups have also joined Fawcett’s foundation to find a vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV, cancers that occur in the anus, cervix, and head and neck.

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Fawcett died in 2009 at the age of 62 after fighting anal cancer for three years that had spread to her liver.

“Our project involves the development of vaccines that stimulate specific immune cells to attack HPV-driven cancer cells,” said Ellis L. Reinherz, chief of the Laboratory of Immunobiology and co-director of the Cancer Vaccine Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, United Press International reported.

Reinherz said the research will focus on creating a vaccine that will target the cancer cells, even after tumors have formed, without causing “collateral damage to normal tissues.”

The grant will provide $1.2 million in funding over a three-year period.

“Farrah was committed to the struggle against anal cancer and other forms of cancer,” Alana Stewart, chief executive officer and president of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation said during a news conference. “We are very pleased to continue Farrah’s legacy by supporting this important scientific initiative.”

Fawcett was an actress best known for her role as Jill Munroe on the 1970s television show “Charlie’s Angels.” She had been married to actors Lee Majors and Ryan O’Neal.

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