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Sky Foundation, Inc. Raises More Than $100,000 to Find a Test for Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer
Date:11/24/2009

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Sky Foundation, Inc., a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising $500,000 to fund research to develop a blood test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer, today announced it has raised more that $100,000 since its inception in June 2008. The announcement was made by Sheila Sky Kassleman, founder, Sky Foundation, after the organization's first major fundraiser.

The foundation held its first major fundraiser on November 8, at a brunch at The Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Guests heard from speakers Kasselman, Dr. Ann Silverman of Henry Ford Health System, and Dr. Michael Tainsky. The brunch included a silent auction with items donated from merchants throughout the area. Sky Foundation also benefited from a variety of small fundraisers in homes and at local establishments, including one that featured Jeff Zaslow, co-author of the acclaimed New York Times best-seller, The Last Lecture, with the late Dr. Randy Pausch.

"The first year of Sky Foundation has been challenging, inspiring and very effective. We have raised more than $100,000 and educated many people on the perils of pancreatic cancer. Our mission is to fund research to discover a blood test to predict pancreatic cancer early, and we have an established team of researchers from Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University and Henry Ford Health System in place. We are at the beginning of a journey that will increase awareness and save lives," said Kasselman.

Background on Sky Foundation

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007 and responding well to treatment, Kasselman established Sky Foundation to fund research for the Sky Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute to develop a diagnostic tool for the early detection of pancreatic cancer.

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