Supporting young cancer scientists
Long before the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center was founded in 1992, the Indiana Elks Association was generously funding cancer research at IU School of Medicine. Over the past five decades, Elks lodges from communities all over the state have worked together on their state major project to generate more than $5 million for cancer research at IU.
From golf outings to ladies’ luncheons to casino nights to Valentine’s Day dances, generations of Elks have worked tirelessly to support cancer research.
In more recent years, Elks funds have been directed specifically to young IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists who are in need of start-up funding for their research careers. In 2008, the Elks committed to funding a new $1 million endowment that will permanently generate annual funding for young investigators and will encourage brilliant young people to pursue careers in cancer research.