Bladder Cancer

Support Bladder Cancer Research at Johns Hopkins

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit." ~ Nelson Henderson

General Support
While advancements in routine slide interpretation among pathologists, novel therapy for premalignant change, and basic research on Bladder Cancer are all ongoing at Johns Hopkins, we have more ideas and leads than resources for pursuit of these. The remaining budget comes from private donations. Each donation can help us explore novel avenues. If you wish to support Bladder Cancer research at Johns Hopkins, please send your tax-deductible contribution payable to The Johns University to:

Bladder Cancer Research Fund
c/o Robert Kahl
Department of Pathology
Johns Hopkins Medicine
600 N. Wolfe Street, Carnegie 424
Baltimore, MD 21287-6417

If you have any questions about how you can help support Bladder Cancer research, do not hesitate to give us a call: 410-614-6330.

In Lieu of Flowers
We have received a number of donations in lieu of flowers. This is a wonderful way to both honor a loved one and to help fight this terrible disease. These donations are made at very difficult times, and we therefore wanted to simplify the process. If you have lost a loved one and would like donations sent to Hopkins to help battle this disease in lieu of flowers, all you need to do is:

  1. Ask the donor to:
    • Make donations payable to: "Johns Hopkins University."
    • Indicate on the memo line of the check the name of the individual in whose memory the donation is being made.
      Sample Donation Check
  2. Mail the donation to:

    Bladder Cancer Research Fund
    c/o Robert Kahl
    Department of Pathology
    Johns Hopkins Medicine
    600 N. Wolfe Street, Carnegie 424
    Baltimore, MD 21287-6417

  3. Please call our office (410-614-6330) to give us the name and address of where you would like acknowledgments to be sent.

    When we receive memorial donations, we send a thank you to the donor and we also send a complete list of the names and address of the donors to the individual listed in #3.

    We realize that the death of a loved one is extremely difficult. We hope these simplified instructions will help those of you who wish to honor your loved one with bequests to Johns Hopkins for Bladder Cancer research.

Create A Permanent Named Endowment
Individuals interested in making more substantial donations to support Bladder Cancer research may wish to create a permanent named endowment. These gifts not only honor and remember a loved one but they also help in the battle against Bladder Cancer. Named endowments can be established at a number of different levels, and the possibilities include a named research endowment (endowments generally begin at $100,000), a named research or clinical fellowship, and a named chair (Professorship) for Bladder Cancer research.

If you are interested in learning more about how to create a named endowment for bladder cancer research please contact:

Amy M. Helsel
Director, Department Programs
Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine
One Charles Center
100 N. Charles Street, Suite 439
Baltimore, MD 21201
Fax: (410)516-7750

One human gene contained within a cloning vector$10
Membranes for screening new genes$15
Reagents needed to isolate DNA from a patients' blood sample$20
A pair of PCR primers used to amplify one gene$30
Freezer vials for tumor cryopreservation$35
Scalpel blades$55
Flasks for growing tumor cells$75
Tumor cell line$100
Gel mix to separate DNA fragments$100
DNA purification kit$150
X-ray film to detect DNA sequence of a gene $270
DNA fragments to study a new gene $500
Lab refrigerator for experiments $700
Digital camera for web page construction/updates $800
Lab computer$1,800
Ultraviolet light and camera for DNA visualization$2,000
Tumor cell culture incubator$2,700
Laboratory freezer for specimen storage$5-8,000
PCR machine to amplify DNA$9,000
Named permanent endowment$100,000 plus
Cancer Research Technician$30,000
Research Fellow and supplies$50,000
Named permanent endowed research fellowship$1.7 million
Named permanent endowment$2.3 million and up
Named endowed research center$10 million