Conquering Cancer by Funding Research and Programs

During this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting, Conquer Cancer will distribute more than $11 million in 400 grants and awards to recipients spanning multiple areas of cancer care.
Grant and Awards Recipients

It all started in 1999.

Watch this recap of Conquer Cancer’s first 25 years and a preview of what's to come.

25 years of Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation

25 Years of Conquering Cancer

For a quarter-century, Conquer Cancer has strived to help early-career investigators and the brightest minds in cancer research turn promising ideas into lifesaving realities. 

Dr. Kekoa Taparra speaking at the Evening to Conquer Cancer event at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting.
Your Stories logo. It reads "Your Stories: Conquering Cancer" with an orange and black microphone to the left, appearing to emit sound waves.

Bringing Better Cancer Care Back Home

For Dr. Kekoa Taparra, cancer is deeply personal. Growing up in a remote area of Oahu, Hawaii, Dr. Taparra witnessed his younger cousin’s struggles with neuroblastoma. He watched his mother lift and carry his aunt, too weak to walk because of breast cancer. He heard the sharp cries of another aunt suffering with endometrial cancer. These early experiences drove Dr. Taparra to not only dedicate his career to oncology and cancer research, but to focus on addressing the various inequities that face Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities—from low rates of inclusion in clinical trials to geographic barriers to cancer care.

In 2023, Dr. Taparra received the inaugural Dr. Judith and Alan Kaur Endowed Young Investigator Award through Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation. With this support, he launched a research project that uses machine learning to explore the various drivers of NHPI cancer disparities and helps categorize NHPI cancer data more effectively. He joins Your Stories host Dr. Don Dizon to share more about this important work and how his upbringing fueled his dedication to conquering cancer for every patient.

Help create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy.

Researchers are making amazing advances in the treatment and prevention of cancer, thanks to contributions from people like you. 

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