The Research Foundation raised $87,795 during the 8th annual “Meet the Challenge” program, held during the opening reception of the annual meeting in San Antonio, surpassing its goal by more than $15,000.
Four industry partners — Covidien, Gore & Associates, novoGI Inc., and Sanofi Biosurgery— and ten Regional Colon and Rectal Society partners agreed to pledge a total of $36,250 for the 2012 fundraiser. The goal was for ASCRS members to match that amount, thereby raising $72,500 to support Research Foundation grants and awards.
Participating Regional Society partners were: Chesapeake Society, Chicago Society, Midwest Society, New England Society, New Jersey Society, New York Society, Niagara Frontier Society, Pennsylvania Society, Piedmont Society, and Southern California Society.
Society members and Annual Meeting attendees contributed and pledged $51,545 for a total of $87,795. This funding will be used to support Limited Project Grants, Career Development Awards, Medical Student and General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grants, the International Fellowship and the Request for Proposal for Clinical Studies on Benign Colorectal Disorders program.