The Austin-based cancer nonprofit Texas 4000 announced Thursday it would award eight grants worth a total of $435,000 to cancer-fighting organizations, including the University of Texas’ Department of Biomedical Engineering.
The other seven grant winners were the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas; Brent’s Place and First Descents of Denver; Young Adult Cancer Canada in Nova Scotia; San Juan Regional Medical Foundation in Farmington, N.M; and Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Andrew Dunn, interim chairman of UT’s department of biomedical engineering, said the funds would go toward seed grants for the department’s faculty and students that will help them refine proposals to large institutions that can provide them with bigger grants that will fund research.
“It’s an integral part of the training of these students who then go on to start companies, go to med school, go to grad school and take the training they’ve gained to do all kinds of new things that have an impact on cancer as well,” he said.
The group is withholding releasing the grant amounts to each organization until check presentations that will be made along this year’s Texas 4000 ride to Alaska, which begins June 4. The race is named after the 4,000-mile ride from Austin to Anchorage.
The group works to cultivate student leaders and engage communities in the fight against cancer. The group has raised more than $7 million through its rides and given out $3 million in grants since 2003.
Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect the amount of money raised and donated by Texas 4000.