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AICR eNews June 2012 | Issue 71

A Visit with Sabrina Simpson

Sabrina running

Sabrina Simpson competes in the
2012 Ramblin' Rose Raleigh triathlon.

Sabrina Simpson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a 15-year-old AICR supporter who has impressed and inspired our entire staff. Along with her family – mother Sophia, father Mark, and sister Cami – Sabrina participates in various endurance races to support charity. We are grateful to be the organization that Sabrina chooses to support each year.

On May 20th, Sabrina competed in the Ramblin’ Rose Raleigh triathlon. Sporting her TeamAICR jersey, Sabrina swam, biked and ran in support of cancer research and education. Sabrina uses a donation page on AICR’s website to raise money for our cancer research and education efforts. In fact, Sabrina has even requested donations be made to AICR in lieu of birthday or Christmas gifts for herself!

To thank Sabrina for all of her hard work, a member of the AICR staff traveled to North Carolina to cheer at the triathlon. But as an extra treat for Sabrina and her family, we also arranged a tour of the American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund Institute for the Advanced Study of Diet, Nutrition and Cancer. This research facility on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus includes three laboratories dedicated exclusively to studying the role of diet in the causation, prevention and treatment of cancer. AICR funds a Distinguished Professorship in the UNC Department of Nutrition to chair the Marilyn Gentry Fellowship Program as well as, of course, funding several grants to researchers each year.

Simpson family visiting UNC 2012

The Simpson family and current Gentry Fellows at the AICR/WCRF research facility at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Current Marilyn Gentry Fellows, Patrick Bradshaw and Xuesong Han, arranged a lovely tour of the labs and other departments within the School of Public Health for the Simpson family. The group learned about their current work and the results they are both seeing in their studies.

The Simpson family said that they enjoyed meeting the researchers who were benefitting from their donations and seeing the actual labs and offices where this cutting-edge research is being conducted. It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn more about AICR, the cancer research we fund, and the supporters who are truly the lifeblood of our mission. We are grateful for Sabrina and the entire Simpson family for their generous support and look forward to cheering at many more triathlons!

For more information on joining TeamAICR for an endurance event, or even creating your own event, please visit our events page. To support Sabrina’s current fundraising goal, please visit her page. To learn more about the research that AICR funds, please visit our Research section.


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