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The Founder’s Fund

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May 15, 2012

Silicon Valley is famous for its ability to take an existing idea or product and revolutionize it, making it better, cheaper, and more accessible to the public.

Canary Foundation’s Founder, Don Listwin, took passionately to bringing this approach to the flailing and antiquated health care business, which invested little in cancer early detection. Most of our community members are familiar with Don’s emotional story of losing his mother to misdiagnosed cancer. His story is a testament to the scars cancer leaves on all of our lives, as well as the power of people coming together to fund something that will have a lasting impact—impact on the future of cancer early detection, and on the lives of our loved ones.

A seasoned technology executive, Don established a plan to catalyze cancer early detection. He founded Canary Foundation to bridge the gap between academic research and an industry that no longer actively invests in early detection research. Our goal is to leverage the research we do in developing biomarkers and imaging technology to create widely accessible tests that screen for cancer, even during routine checkups.

By approaching health care technology with the same results-driven mindset as consumer technology, Canary Foundation is changing the game for early detection research and innovation. Investing early in innovation and attracting other funding exemplifies the high impact model Don built at Canary. Staying true to the model, we pool expertise, focus on results, and stay conscious about resource allocation.

Canary Foundation’s Founder’s Fund takes this last idea to heart. The Founder’s Fund is a special reserve that allows for Canary Foundation to fund special projects, communications and events and unmet needs that keep Canary on task to make cancer early detection a reality. We invite you to learn more about the Founder’s Fund and join others in supporting the Canary mission.

3 Responses to “The Founder’s Fund”

  1. avatar Tim Driver says:

    What a great cause and worthwhile charitable effort, whilst several of my family have succumb to this terrible disease its great to be able to help a little where we can.

  2. avatar John Kindi says:

    Since we all know early detection is huge in cancer survival rate (for every type of cancer), it’s more than a little sad that investing money in early detection has been so sluggish. Good for Don. I hope his Canary Foundation does very well.

  3. Wow. What a powerful story, cancer is such an awful disease. I am very happy that Don is trying to improve cancer detection so that cancer can be caught earlier and stopped.

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