Member Profile: Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation

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Pictured above: The 2021-2022 Reed GI Foundation Junior Board

The Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation was formed in 2002 while Robert Reed was battling pancreatic cancer. Mr. Reed felt strongly that creating a focus on GI cancer research and patient care would accelerate the discovery of a cure. While Mr. Reed ultimately lost his battle with pancreatic cancer shortly after the foundation’s conception, his family and friends continue to advocate for awareness and understanding about all gastrointestinal cancers. Their first fundraising event, “Finish the Fight” Iron Bowl Party, was held in November 2004 and has since become an annual event.

 

Words from Carolyn Reed:

“With the help of Dr. Martin Heslin, Robert fought a good fight and ‘Marty’ gave him another two years with us. My husband knew about our plans to establish the foundation and he, in fact, made the first contribution. Our goal initially was to raise one million dollars for Marty’s research lab. The foundation has exceeded that goal and is contributing to not only research, but to the interdisciplinary effort.”

 

If you would like to read more about the Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation, visit their website here.