The Intersection of Research and Hope.

This is a story of when research gets personal. Meet Vaughn Smiden, a cancer researcher in the study of metaplastic carcinoma breast cancer, a rare and aggressive tumor. “We are developing antibodies against this tumor and aim to better understand its biology,” says a determined Vaughn. It should come as no surprise that his research is generously supported by Komen – the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world, next to the U.S. government.

But it’s not only Komen’s research arm that has touched Vaughn. You see, the very cancer he is trying to understand is the form of cancer that took his wife, Elizabeth, at the early age of 42. Dedicated to giving more hope to future patients diagnosed with metaplastic carcinoma, Vaughn continues to purposefully conduct research on Elizabeth’s cancerous cells.

Every step forward in the search for improved diagnostic tools, treatments, and cures is powered by a Komen research grant. You can be a part of those powerful steps by joining Vaughn and thousands others on November 3rd for the Race for the Cure® in Balboa Park. Your commitment to the Race will not only fund lifesaving research, but also provide free diagnostics, food delivery programs, treatments and services for breast cancer patients here in San Diego County.

It’s personal for Vaughn. Make it personal for you. Sign up for the Race for the Cure TODAY!

ABOUT VAUGHN SMIDER: Vaughn Smider, M.D., Ph.D, is Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California.