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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 […]