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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, friends from Bloomberg 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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"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 "For 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" are what made the "Ian GIST project" a financial success and allowed us to raise nearly $3,000,000 to try to save Ian.  While it would be unrealistic to expect that “For Ian Foundation”, in its infancy, can receive donations that can come close to the level of donations of “Ian Gist Project” listed below, 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 unimaginable 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!

“IAN GIST PROJECT” CONTRIBUTION LEVELS administered by Johns Hopkins 2014/15

Major Benefactor: (2) $1,000,000 and above

Benefactor: (2) $250,000 to $500,000

Platinum Angel: (2) $25,000 to $50,000

Gold Angel: (12) $10,000 to $25,000

Silver Angel: (19) $500 to $10,000

Angel: (200+) $0 to $500