Meet Our Past CREU Fellows
Following through on a childhood commitment to cancer research
When Arushi Raval was 12, her childhood friend, Kuhu Basak, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Surgeons were able to remove 30 percent of Basak’s tumor. This was followed by six weeks of proton radiation therapy, but the tumor grew back. She has gone through multiple types of chemotherapy for eight years, and she needs to stay on her current medication to keep the tumor stable. When her friend was diagnosed, Raval knew right away that she wanted to get involved in cancer research. Now, Raval and Basak are college roommates at University of Colorado Boulder, and this summer, Arushi has the chance to conduct her own research in the field of pediatric cancer research.
“It is because of her that I am interested in researching childhood cancer. I am excited to be a part of a lab that is making a difference and actively searching for more effective ways drugs can be used in cancer treatment,” Raval says.
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Student Fellowships Funded by Local Businessman
Two students on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus this summer had a lot in common. Monica Brown and Madison Weber wrapped up work in the Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program. Both also are college undergraduates who focused on colon cancer research. Both of their fellowships also were funded by a man who lost his father to colon cancer years ago.
The Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program is sponsored by the University of Colorado Cancer Center. The program gives dozens of college undergraduates and more advanced high school students the opportunity to spend ten weeks conducting cancer research.