David Calver, MD Shares His Story

After med school (U of M), I practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for 38 years, initially in the USAF as chief in the regional hospital in Turkey for two years, then in northern Oakland County in private practice.  Upon retirement I looked for worthwhile projects to devote my time, utilizing my background in medicine.  When  I […]

Mary Beth Castorri, Vice President | Shares Her Story

As a former commercial film producer, she worked 43 years in the advertising business. Most of those years were spent producing for her husband, Ron Castorri who was a film director/cinematographer for his company, Castorri and Company. They produced hundreds of commercials from food to cars for many advertising agencies all over the country. When […]

Monica Barbour, Esq. Shares Her Story

John Barbour was diagnosed with stage IV inoperable pancreatic cancer in late August 2011. Monica, John’s wife, was introduced to Sky Foundation by Dr. Carla Groh, her close friend and previous Sky Foundation board member. A conversation with Sheila, Founder and pancreatic cancer survivor, was soon to open up new doors.   Monica and her children […]

Ann Arbor Art Fair | July 19-22, 2018

 Join us this year at the Art Fair!            On Thursday, July 19th we will be putting up our booth starting at 5th Ave & Liberty in Ann Arbor, MI.  We are looking for volunteers, participants or anyone looking to learn more about pancreatic cancer research funding.  We will be at our booth Thursday-Saturday, […]


Seed Grant Success Story   Karmanos Asfar Azmi, Ph.D., secures R01 grant for research into treating metastatic pancreatic cancer The path to receiving the RO1 grant was made possible in part by the Sky Foundation Inc., which provided initial seed funding for Dr. Azmi. The seed funding helped generate critical data to develop a strong […]

Henry Ford Health System Recieves $20 Million Grant

We are thrilled that Dr. Kwon from Henry Ford Health System, who sits on our Scientific Advisory Board, has received a phenomenal grant of $20 Million.  This could be a game changer for the pancreatic cancer research world!   Please read the full article HERE


Join Lauren Eaton & Annie Dalton at this year’s “Who’s Your Bartender?” event HERE Check out the invitation on Facebook HERE.   Meet Sky’s Bartenders: Lauren Eaton is involved in Sky Foundation in every aspect.  She is a treasured member on our Governing Board, an active participant on the Fundraising Committee, and is the Chair […]

Amazon Smile Donates to Sky Foundation

When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates directly to Sky Foundation! All you need to do: Go to ; log in with your regular Amazon account information. Choose Sky Foundation Inc. as your charity of choice. Order your goodies! VOILA! Without spending a penny you are contributing to our cause so that we […]

Join Our Young Profession Group Today!

Sky Foundation has a Young Professional Group that is energized, passionate, and one heck of a good time! Check out their meetings this past year on the Facebook Live videos! YPG Kick Off Meeting @ Detroit Axe YPG Introduces Bartending Event @ The Dow       Come to our Who’s Your Bartender Event on April […]

Drugs Approved For Pancreatic Cancer | NIH

Drugs Approved for Pancreatic Cancer This page lists cancer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for pancreatic cancer. The list includes generic names and brand names.This page also lists common drug combinations used in pancreatic cancer. The individual drugs in the combinations are FDA-approved. However, the drug combinations themselves usually are not […]

2017 Summer Newsletter

Sky Foundation has been going strong in our nine years of existence!  We couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments we have made thus far and are excited to see what the future has to hold! To read of the successes of 2017 please click on the link below! newsletter2017

Reprogramming Pancreatic Cancer

Reprogramming Pancreatic Cancer     Pamela Itkin-Ansari, Ph.D.   The Itkin-Ansari lab recently made the discovery that a single gene can halt pancreatic cancer tumor growth in animals and reprogram the cells back to their original identity. The results are especially exciting because a reprogramming approach has changed a once lethal leukemia, APL, into a completely […]

A one-two punch for pancreatic cancer: ‘softening’ tumours before chemo markedly improves survival

A one-two punch for pancreatic cancer: ‘softening’ tumours before chemo markedly improves survival Australian scientists have uncovered a promising new approach to treating pancreatic cancer, by targeting the tissue around the tumour to make it ‘softer’ and more responsive to chemotherapy. The findings are published today in Science Translational Medicine. Blood vessels (red) and stroma […]

Revolutionary Clinical Trial Initiative focuses on Precision medicine, collaboration and data sharing to transform outcomes for all pancreatic cancer patients

Precision Promise Clinical Trial Platform Creates Unprecedented Model of Collaboration among Renowned Researchers, Clinicians and Diagnostic and Drug Developers   MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – Today the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network announces Precision Promise, the first large-scale precision medicine trial designed to transform outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer. The organization also announces the 12 initial […]

Michigan Cancer Survivor ‘Smashes’ Her Tumor

At the invitation of the Henry Ford Health System – the medical center where Sheila Sky Kasselman received treatment for her pancreatic cancer, now in remission – she “smashed” a 3-D printed replica of her actual tumor with a hammer. The activity was “part of an effort to empower Henry Ford Hospital cancer patients and […]

The Sky Foundation Raised More Than $400,000 For Pancreatic Cancer Research In 2015

The proceeds from three Detroit area fundraisers have been used to make grants to research projects at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Henry Ford Health System and Beaumont hospital. “We’re blessed to have so many wonderful donors,” said Sky Foundation’s Sheila Kasselman. “The more people we can make aware of the strides taking place in pancreatic […]

Sky Advances Awareness Through Humorous Videos

Educating the general public about the pancreas and pancreatic cancer is an essential component of Sky Foundation’s efforts to raise awareness about the disease. To this end, the foundation has produced two award-winning videos to capture people’s attention and share important health information. The first is: “Do YOU Know Where Your Pancreas Is Located?” In […]

Bloomfield Hills woman raises awareness of pancreatic cancer after husband’s death

Suburban Detroiter Bluma Schechter hosted Sky Foundation’s annual Women’s Event in her Bloomfield Hills home. The private event brought together women from across the metro Detroit area, most of whom had lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer. Schechter lost her husband, Robert, to the disease. Diane Simeone, from the University of Michigan and Teri […]