Providing Grants for Sarcoma Research and Seeking to Improve the Lives of Cancer Patients
The Kristen Ann Carr Fund honors the life of Kristen Ann Carr (1971 – 1993), a remarkable young woman who sought life and love.
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Shortly after Kristen’s death in 1993, Bruce Springsteen performed a landmark benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, raising $1.5 million to help fund an endowment for an annual sarcoma fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). The Kristen Ann Carr Fund was the first foundation formed to exclusively address, gain understanding and provide treatment of sarcoma. It is now recognized that, despite their rarity, sarcomas are among the keystones for finding solutions in many areas of cancer.
Since its inception, The KACF has funded over 30 doctors to study sarcoma cancers at MSKCC, built a dedicated sarcoma laboratory, underwritten several grants for former KACF Fellows, hosted holiday parties for the MSKCC pediatric department, and so much more. The Fund is currently at the halfway mark of a $10 million dollar capital campaign for The Kristen Ann Carr Center, which we expect to complete over the next 4-5 years. This project is designed to significantly expand the ability of doctors to make progress in both the lab and in patient care. In fact, all MSKCC sarcoma patients are now treated through The Kristen Ann Carr Sarcoma Center, something for which Kristen would be so proud.