October 8, 2013
Giant Food of Landover, MD
$100K Giant Food NextGen Children's Cancer Research Award Presented by Giant Food
NextGen Award Recognizes Young Investigators
Landover, Md. (October 8, 2013) – Giant Food of Landover, Md. in conjunction with the Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc., presented the first-ever Giant Food NextGen Award for Children’s Cancer Research today to Dr. Leslie Doros, of Children’s National Medical Center. This $100,000 grant was created specifically for young investigators who are committed to pursuing a long-term career in Pediatric Oncology research and was made possible with funds raised through Giant’s annual Triple Winner program.
Dr. Leslie Doros, an assistant professor of Oncology, was recognized for her research on the cancer predisposition syndrome associated with the rare pediatric lung cancer called pleuropulmonary balstoma (PPB). She is also the current oncologist to Jasmine Brewster, a 5-year old lung cancer survivor from Charlottesville, Va. who is currently undergoing radiation treatment for a recent relapse, and was in attendance at today’s event.
The program included opening remarks by Dr. Jerrold Chadwick, president, The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc.; Terry McGowan, director, quality assurance and food safety, Giant Food, Landover, Md. and current member of the board of directors of the Children’s Cancer Foundation; and Dr. Mark Batshaw, director, Children’s Research Institute, Children’s National Medical Center; and David Brewster, father of Jasmine Brewster.
“As the nation’s capital grocer, Giant has supported innovation in children’s cancer research for the last 8 years. We are honored to present Dr. Doros with the first ever Giant Food NextGen Award to support the continuation of her important research,” said Jamie Miller, manager, public and community relations, Giant Food of Landover, Md.“
“CCF is proud to partner with Giant Food in this effort to fight childhood cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. Through these efforts, outstanding young researchers such as Dr. Doros can be encouraged to commit to the field of Pediatric Cancer, which receives only three percent of the total dollars spent on Cancer Research, “ said Dr. Jerrold Chadwick, President, The Children’s Cancer Foundation.
About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 155 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 77 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2012, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $12 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 55.2 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.
About The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc.The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF), a local non-profit organization not affiliated with any national charity, was founded in 1983 by Shirley Howard. Since then, the Foundation has raised and donated over $34.5 million dollars to hospitals and researchers in the Maryland/DC Corridor including:
Children’s National Medical Center, The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, National Cancer Institute at NIH, The Uniformed Services Univeristy in Bethesda, The Children’s Inn, The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Pediatric Oncology & Pediatric Neurosurgery), University of Maryland Medical Systems, and Sinai Hospital.