Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

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The Lustgarten Foundation, founded in 1999, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of advancing scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. It is the largest private foundation dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research. Based in Bethpage, New York, The Lustgarten Foundation has the goal of: Increasing funding and support of research into the biological mechanisms and clinical strategies related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pancreatic cancer; Facilitating and enhancing the dialogue among members of the medical and scientific communities about basic and clinical research efforts that relate to pancreatic cancer; Heightening public awareness of pancreatic cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention and providing informational support for pancreatic cancer patients, their families, and friends.[1]

A primary method for advocacy and gathering donations involves runs/walks and other events at a regional level. The Lustgarten Foundation has raised more than $16.1 million for pancreatic cancer research as of 2012.[2]

The Foundation fostered the collaborative effort known as the Pancreatic Cancer Research Consortium,[3] in 2010, which comprises six leading medical institutions across the United States. Its members are the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in affiliation with Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.


The Lustgarten Foundation is named after Marc Lustgarten, a former Cablevision executive, who died at the age of 52 from pancreatic cancer.[4]


Thanks to a commitment from Cablevision to underwrite all of The Lustgarten Foundation's administrative expenses, 100% of every donation received goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.[5] The Lustgarten Foundation is a 4-Star charity on Charity Navigator, ranking at the highest level for its organizational and financial transparency, low administrative costs, board, and growth.[6]


  1. ^ "Home". Lustgarten Foundation: Pancreatic Cancer Research.
  2. ^ "Blackbaud Sphere".
  3. ^ "Home". Lustgarten Foundation: Pancreatic Cancer Research.
  4. ^ Sandomir, Richard (31 August 1999). "Marc Lustgarten, 52, Builder Of Media and Sports Empire" – via
  5. ^ "Home". Lustgarten Foundation: Pancreatic Cancer Research.
  6. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research". Charity Navigator.

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