Cancer Research Foundation

David Kinnear has served on the Board of the Cancer Research Foundation since 2010. He’s Secretary of the CRF’s Chicago Chapter and is Chairman of the Marketing and Development Committee.

Investing in Ideas and Minds

Throughout its history, the Cancer Research Foundation (CRF) has focused on taking “long-shot” bets with relatively small amounts of grant money, leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the Foundation, its allies, and its past grantees. The CRF are “cancer research venture philanthropists,” making early investments in ideas that are often difficult to fund through more traditional sources.

Many of the Young Investigators have gone on to be recognized for some of the greatest opportunities for growth in cancer knowledge.

Dr. Charles Huggins won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in cancer (1966).
Dr. Janet Rowley was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama (2009). She discovered the first consistent chromosome translocations in any human cancer.