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American Association for Cancer Research


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Jeanette Ferguson, Ph.D., an advocate for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), has raised over $625,000 for cancer research since her diagnosis of an advanced, rare form of head and neck cancer (oral squamous cell carcinoma). Now ten years cancer free, Ferguson has received a doctorate in pathology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with The Ohio State University. She is now a full time tenure track instructor of Anatomy and Pathophysiology at Columbus State Community College, where she is training the future health care workers that will care for cancer patients everywhere. In an effort to inspire the next generation of scientists, Ferguson also gives talks to science majors at CSCC about the importance of medical research and the important role everyone has in advocating for cancer research.

The advanced stage of her cancer diagnosis coupled with the rarity of her disease has helped Ferguson realize the need for increased public education about head and neck cancer and the important role that AACR programs like the Scientist?Survivor Program (SSP) play in the cancer community. "Interacting with other advocates helps me to learn more about different cancer types, and also provides me with the knowhow to better utilize the gifts and talents of the advocates at OSU," she said. "The AACR's Scientist?Survivor Program provides me with ideas to foster a strong program for patient advocates and creative ways to fundraise." As a survivor, researcher and advocate, Ferguson knows that cancer research saves lives.