Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

About Us

Why Support Cancer Research Funded by Damon Runyon?

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation funds early career cancer researchers who have the energy, drive and creativity to become leading innovators in their fields.  We identify the best young scientists in the nation and support them through four award programs: our Fellowship, Pediatric Cancer Fellowship, Clinical Investigator and Innovation Awards.

Damon Runyon awards give young scientists:

    •    Freedom to follow their own ideas, explore new paths and take risks
    •    A prestigious endorsement that attracts further funding, advances their careers and accelerates their research
    •    Guaranteed financial support, allowing them to focus on research and not grant writing

Since 1946, Damon Runyon has invested nearly $270 million in the best young minds in the nation.  Our alumni include 11 Nobel Laureates and leaders of major cancer centers across the United States.  Many of our 3,400 scientists have gone on to make breakthroughs in the way we prevent, diagnose and treat many forms of cancer.

For more information, please contact us at info@damonrunyon.org or 1-877-7CANCER.

Our Mission

To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research.

We support young scientists who have great potential to achieve breakthroughs in how we diagnose, treat and prevent cancer.

Our goals are to:
    •    Identify and fund the best and brightest early-career scientists in cancer research
    •    Enable risk taking on bold new ideas
    •    Accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries into new diagnostic tools and treatments

100% of all donations are used to support cutting-edge scientific research.

Our low administrative and fundraising costs are paid from Damon Runyon Broadway Tickets and our endowment.

Our History

Damon Runyon Award Programs History

Since 1946, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has invested nearly $270 million in the best and brightest scientists in the nation. 

The Foundation’s four programs - the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award, the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award, the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award and the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award - have supported the innovative work of more than 3,400 cancer researchers to date. 

Eleven Damon Runyon scientists have received the Nobel Prize and many others have made important discoveries that have led – and are continuing to lead – to new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat all forms of cancer.


Runyon 5K—Run/Walk for Cancer Research

Join us on August 18, 2013 for the 5th annual Runyon 5K, a unique cancer research fundraising run/walk that uses Yankee Stadium as its course. 

Run or walk the concourses and ramps, climb stairs between levels, and take your own victory laps around the warning track that circles the field! 

Online registration is now open! Entry is limited to 4,000, so visit the Runyon 5K website for more details or to register today!

If you would like to be added to our email list to receive news and updates about the 2013 Runyon 5K, please sign up for our Runyon 5K Email Alert.

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