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Medical research is both expensive and time consuming.  It can be difficult to determine the right amount to give, or what amount is likely to make a difference.  In theory, any amount can make a difference -- however, with small donations, large number of donations are necessary before a research project can begin. Below are some examples of medical research costs extracted from various real proposals:

  • Mouse breeding, genotyping, and cage charges: $60,000
  • Flow cytometry and reagents: $10,000
  • Postdoctoral fellow @75% effort: $55,000
  • Technician @50% effort: $22,000
  • Culture media and plasticware: $5000
  • Salary support for a full time research doctor (20% effort): $40,000
  • Testing of 10 drugs on mouse models $40,000
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"For Ian GIST Project" was fortunate enough to be supported by a number of Benefactors and hundreds of other donors who made very generous contributions.  Today we have Xenograft Mouse Models of SDH Deficient GIST/Cancer.  This had eluded major institutions and researchers for over a decade.  There is no doubt that the generous contributions to "Ian GIST Project" allowed for this major breakthrough.  As founders of "Ian GIST Project" and now "Ian Foundation" we are forever indebted to the generosity of 100's who came to our aid.
No contribution is too small or any less important or appreciated than any other contribution.  The contribution levels listed below from "Ian GIST Project" along with 100's of contributions of all sizes are what made the "Ian GIST project" a financial success.  We ask all who can give to consider the cause of this charitable giving.  We are fighting a rare cancer that kills children and young adults.
  Perhaps this is the most worthy charitable cause of all.  Perhaps your dollars can one day save another child's life.  You along with your fellow contributors are not just giving a gift, you are literally giving LIFE.  As many of you are parents, just imagine the devastation and unspeakable pain that the families and parents of these children must endure, and give generously.  There is nothing worse than loosing a child or a young adult at the prime of his or her life.  Nothing.

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$1,000,000 and above
$500,000 to $1,000,000
$250,000 to $500,000
$100,000 to $250,000
$50,000 to $100,000
$25,000 to $50,000
$10,000 to $25,000
$500 to $10,000
0 to $500

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