Successful Atlanta Golf Classic Funds Development of New Technology to Detect Cancer
After being postponed due to rain, The Jimmy V Atlanta Celebrity Golf Classic went off without a hitch on June 21, 2010. Numerous celebrities and golfers turned up for the event to support Jim Valvano’s vision of finding a cure for cancer through important seed grants to various institutions. The Atlanta Golf Classic raised $50,000 this year. The V Foundation awarded a seed grant to support a collaboration between Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology cancer researchers, led by Dr. William Hunt, to develop the ACuRayTM chip, which can detect head and neck cancer through testing of biomarkers in saliva. The researchers hope to receive an additional grant of $100,000 following $250,000 of seed grants to bring the project into a clinical trial. The chips would cost $100 per test and will hopefully be an invaluable addition to traditional diagnostic tests, such as CAT scans.