As reported by the Hartford Business Journal, March 23, 2009.

Cancer Society Funds $10 Million in Research

By Keith Griffin

The American Cancer Society, the largest nongovernment, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has awarded three grants totaling more than $1.4 million to researchers in Connecticut. The grants are now among 28 statewide research and training grants totaling more than $10 million currently in effect in the state.

“These grants reflect the best and brightest ideas in cancer research,” said Patrice Bedrosian, Connecticut State Director of Communications for the American Cancer Society. “The American Cancer Society’s Research and Training Program has invested over $3.3 billion in cancer research, much of it focusing on the work of promising new investigators, since its inception in 1946. During this time, we have funded 42 researchers, primarily early in their careers, who have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize. We fully expect that the ideas and innovations arising from these new grants will continue that legacy.”

With this year’s support of the American Cancer Society, local researchers Dr. Carolyn Runowicz at the University of Connecticut and Dr. Richard Edelson at Yale University are focusing on new discoveries to help achieve the society’s goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

Enfield-based Network Against Domestic Abuse recently received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, in support of the organizationšs court victim advocate program. The Network Against Domestic Abuse is a nonprofit that works to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and to assist adult victims and their children.

Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded $435,000 in grants aimed at strengthening educational opportunities for Greater Hartford’s public school children and adults. The largest donation went to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, which received a $100,000 grant to fund SMART Moves, a program to teach young people the skills, knowledge, and positive self-esteem needed to resist drugs, alcohol, and sexual promiscuity.

The National Conference for Community and Justice of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts (NCCJ), founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Perrin Family Foundation.