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Ian Rahimi, 19-year-old son of Jaine and Franko Rahimi passed away from a rare cancer on November 15, 2015.  Perhaps there is no better way to underscore the need for research funding than watching Franko Rahimi make a case for how funding can help provide treatment options, or may be even a cure.  There is simply no other choice other than providing clinicians and researchers with the resources necessary to continue their efforts.    

   Franko Rahimi Recounts His Personal
    Story of Losing His Child to Cancer

While Ian sadly passed away, the efforts begun in his name shall continue

During Ian’s last surgery, a number of Franko’s co-workers  took a dozen packages of Ian’s tumor tissue right from the operating room and drove them to various institutions from Boston to Virginia.  Ian’s tumor is still alive today, in labs around the country and may lead scientists to finding a cure

We need your help and contributions to accomplish this

We urge you to explore this website. Read all about the foundation.  Read Ian’s story, read about the projects and dozens of researchers who are hard at work

Finally please click below and make a contribution to, perhaps, the most noble of charitable causes, curing childhood cancers

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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.  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.
A cancer that killed Ian Rahimi at age 19
  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.