The Flossie E. West Trust of Augusta has given a gift of $59,500 to support cancer research at the Johnson Cancer Research Center of Kansas State University.

The Flossie E. West Trust of Augusta has given a gift of $59,500 to support cancer research at the Johnson Cancer Research Center of Kansas State University.

Dr. Annelise Nguyen, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is using the funds in her research to find improved ways to treat breast cancer. She and another K-State professor have patented a method that improves cell communications, improving the passage of chemotherapy drugs from one cell to the next. This would decrease drug dosage levels and make cancer cells less resistant to drugs.

“The directive of the Flossie E. West trust is to fund cancer research,” said Dave Bisagno, one of three managing trustees of the trust and a K-State alumnus. “The founder of the trust set it up in honor of his wife, who had cancer. With my ties to K-State, I wanted to support the exciting research happening at K-State.”

Gifts investing in cancer research at K-State are helping researchers make important advances.

“Biomedical research is not cheap,” Nguyen said. “Philanthropic money supports students in my lab who help me answer these research questions and also buys lab technology. I train more than 40 undergraduate and graduate students. They are the future of cancer research.”

Philanthropic support is making a difference now and well into the future. Currently, the Johnson Cancer Research Center at K-State provides nearly $500,000 a year from privately donated funds to support about 100 K-State cancer research teams. This funding often provides the leverage needed to win large grants that will provide dividends over the years in K-State’s fight against cancer.

Philanthropic contributions to K-State are coordinated by the Kansas State University Foundation. The KSU Foundation was established in 1944 as the official fundraising arm of Kansas State University. It is a separate, independent entity chartered by the state of Kansas as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education corporation. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success.

About the Flossie E. West Memorial Trust Foundation

The trust was created by Lyman A. West, who lost his wife, Flossie, to cancer in 1953. West made a provision in his will to provide funding for “hospitals, medical clinics, foundations or organizations devoted…to research in the treatment in cancer.” Following his death in 1962, the trust began granting money to cancer researchers.

The generosity of the trust has allowed researchers to continue their fight against cancer and has made it possible to attract more funding.