QuadW Foundation Renews Support for YIA Program

The WWWW Foundation, Inc., otherwise known as QuadW (What Would Willie Want), has approved a three-year grant, starting in 2015, which will support a total of three Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Awards (YIA) for physician scientists focused on sarcoma research.

Based in Dallas, Texas, QuadW was founded in memory of Willie Tichenor, who died of osteosarcoma at the age of 19 in 2006. QuadW is devoted to finding better treatments and cures for sarcoma, as well as supporting Willie’s passions of transformative mission and higher education. The foundation’s 12-member board includes Willie’s parents, Lisa and Mac Tichenor, and brother, Taylor Tichenor, along with a medical oncologist and Willie’s closest friends.

Each year, approximately 800 persons in the United States—half of whom younger than age 20—are diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which has a five-year survival rate of 71%.1 In an effort to improve patient outcomes, QuadW focuses its sarcoma research support in two areas: providing the infrastructure needed to expedite research and encouraging the development of scientific researchers to advance the field. One of its largest grants was to address the need for accessing adequate tissue samples through creation of the QuadW Childhood Sarcoma Office of Biostatistics and Annotation, an initiative undertaken in collaboration with the Children’s Oncology Group.

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology is delighted that QuadW has chosen the YIAprogram to be the beneficiary of its support. The YIA grants focus on the development of the next generation of researchers. QuadW has supported this program since 2009. In addition to supporting sarcoma research, QuadW provides funding in Willie’s honor for higher education scholarships and two-month summer mission internships.

“We are honored to receive continued support from the QuadW Foundation for our Young Investigator Award program,” stated W. Charles Penley, MD, FASCO, chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. “The founders and board members of QuadW are honoring Willie Tichenor’s memory by supporting the search for improved treatments for patients with sarcoma. In doing so, they touch the lives of many other young people who are confronted by this illness—now and in the future.”

“In eight years of funding the Young Investigator Award, we have come to appreciate the excellence in stewardship provided by ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation,” said Lisa Tichenor, QuadW co-founder and board member. “Their marketing has attracted top-notch researchers and the review process has identified high-quality projects. QuadW believes Willie is truly honored by the work of CCF.”

1. http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/osteosarcoma-childhood/statistics