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Honor a loved one with a tribute fund



A tribute gift to SBP allows you to honor the legacy of someone special and advance the medical research of our world-class scientists. These special funds focus attention and support on addressing the unmet patient need for the diseases that have afflicted these heroic people.
If you're interested in establishing a fund to honor the memory of a loved one, please contact us by telephone toll free: (877)454-5702 or email
Eric Dudl
Eric Dudl Scholarship Fund

Eric Preston Dudl

The Eric Dudl Scholarship Fund was established at Sanford Burnham Prebys to remember a promising young postdoc at the Institute whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 33 years old. He was stricken by cancer, the very disease he dedicated himself to researching. He cherished the Institute so dearly that he left his life's savings to help other postdocs continue the work he loved.


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The Rocket Fund

John Taylor "Rocket" Williams IV

The Rocket Fund supports the heroic battle against heartbreaking rare and neglected children’s diseases. Named after John Taylor “Rocket” Williams IV who suffered from a rare condition known as Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG), Rocket’s family and friends generously started The Rocket Fund in 2007.  Sadly, Rocket passed away in November 2008. His spirit lives on as SBP works hard to understand devastating childhood diseases. 


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"Rocket" Williams
Karen L. Anderson
Karen L. Anderson Memorial Fund

Karen L. Anderson Memorial Fund

The Karen L. Anderson Memorial Fund is established to remember a gifted cell biologist and highly skilled electron microscopist whose dedicated service and career in science made her an invaluable member of the SBP family. Karen lost her battle to cancer, a challenging disease she herself studied with meticulous detail. She worked in the laboratory of Dorit Hanein, Ph.D., Professor in Bioinformatics and Structural Biology.

The establishment of the Karen L. Anderson Memorial Fund will provide the opportunity to train a new cradle of scientists in order to continue the work she loved and to reveal underlying secrets of cancer progression.


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