Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research

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Recording artist Aretha Franklin was taken from her family and from all of us too soon, because of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.  It seems fitting that she now serves as an inspiration to the neuroendocrine tumor (NET) community.  Aretha Franklin’s death in 2018 has increased awareness of the need for better treatments. 

To acknowledge Aretha’s inspiration and channel that energy toward a cure for NETs, Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) is honored to announce the creation of the Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer  Research. 

The Fund will support NETRF grants to scientists with promising research initiatives to increase understanding of why healthy neuroendocrine cells turn cancerous. With the creation of the Aretha Franklin Fund Investigator Award, NETRF will launch a two-year grant award to expand our understanding of NETs and lead to improvements in treatments. 

“The Aretha Franklin Family is honored to partner with NETRF to help raise funding for education and research of this devastating disease that takes our loved ones much too soon,” says Sabrina Owens,  Aretha Franklin’s niece and representative of the family. “We encourage her friends, fans, and supporters to consider contributing to this cause, until such time as we can eradicate NETs. We believe this is possible. Become a Believer and join us in this effort!”

In tribute to Aretha Franklin, we can make a difference.  Please join us and consider a gift to the Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research.

For information on how to make a gift to the Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research, contact Susan Payson, Chief Development Officer at 617.946.1782 or susan.payson@netrf.org. Or give online now