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Foundation Funds at Work

As a child, Judah Folkman accompanied his father, a venerated Columbus rabbi, on visits to hospital patients. By age seven, he knew he wanted to be a doctor rather than follow in his father’s footsteps, so he could offer cures in addition to comfort. His father, Rabbi Jerome Folkman,  replied, “In that case, you can be a rabbi-like doctor,” words his son took to heart.  In 1998, the Foundation honored Dr. Follkman, best known for groundbreaking cancer research on tumor angiogenesis, the process by which a tumor attracts blood vessels to nourish itself and sustain its existence. He founded the field of angiogenesis, which led to the discovery of a number of therapies based on inhibiting or stimulating neovascularization. The Folkman Endowment furthers medical research and education programs in the Columbus. The Judah Folkman Fund is one of close to a thousand funds managed by the Columbus Jewish Foundation.  Pictured: Dr. Folkman, with some members of his laboratory in 1997 (l to r):  Dr. Robert D’Amato, MD, PhD; Dr. Micchael O’Reilly, MD; and Dr. Donald Ingber, MD, PhD.

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