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In 2014, the Foundation is making our final endowment commitment to fulfill a 5 year $175,000 pledge to the University of Florida College of Dentistry.  These funds have been used to support a Fellowship which is dedicated to genetic research in oral cancer detection and therapy.

In late 2006, we established the Andrew J. Semesco Fund for Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Research at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine. This is an endowed fund of which the interest is used every year for research efforts at the new, state of the art UF Shands Cancer and Genetics Research Center. The current principal of the fund is approximately $187,000.  The fund is eligible for state fund matching at a 50% level. 

The Foundation has also contributed over $100,000 to the University of Florida College of Dentistry to directly fund research. The scope of these projects have been to explore the diagnostic and therapeutic value of a cell's genetic code in oral cancer.  If a cancer cell's genetic code is different than a normal cell's, the ability to directly target cancer cells with therapy has the potential to aid or replace conventional chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The research team we have supported has published many articles and obtained federal NIH grants from the projects we helped fund. 

Our hopes for 2014 and 2015 are to continue fundraising in order to support these causes. We appreciate any support which would help us meet these goals. To donate directly to The Andrew J. Semesco Fund for Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Research Endowment Fund, click here.


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