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La. Cancer Foundation donates $10K to ULM's Sylvester for cancer research

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Members of the Louisiana Cancer Foundation Board present a $10,000 check to Dr. Paul Sylvester in support of his ongoing breast cancer research. (L-R) Nell Seegers, Aimee Kane, Annie Staten, Dr. Sylvester, James Adams, Executive Director LCF, Marion Willson, Donna Jackson, Assistant Director LCF

MONROE, LA— The Louisiana Cancer Foundation continued their support of ULM’s Paul Sylvester, Ph.D with a $10,000 donation to support Sylvester’s breast cancer research. The donation made on November 8 marks the 17th year that the LCF has donated to Sylvester’s work, bringing the total amount donated to $170,000 over that time.

The check was presented to Sylvester by members of LCF board. The donation will help Sylvester continue his research of tocotrienols, a rare natural form of vitamin E that has displayed potent anti-cancer effects.

Sylvester, an endocrinologist, joined the ULM College of Pharmacy in 2001. He is the Associate Dean of Research and Pfizer, Inc. B.J. Robison Endowed Professor of Pharmacology.

The LCF also supports ULM with an endowed scholarship for a student who is a cancer survivor or has been impacted by cancer in their family. Established in 2019 with a $50,000 endowment, the LCF increased the scholarship by $5,000 in 2021. In the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing, the LCF has donated $30,000 to the Theresa Marsala Memorial Endowed Nursing Fund and $22,450 for oncology classes.

Fredrick Louis is a native of Monroe, Louisiana and has worked in and around Northeast Louisiana for more than 40 years. He graduated from Wossman High School and then went on to the University of Louisiana at Monroe to graduate with a B.S. in Mathematics. Following that, he attended Grambling State University where he received his M.A.T. He loves the city of Monroe and is always looking for a way to serve in the community. That love for community has led him to a 10-year career in teaching. He has worked in both the Monroe City and Ouachita Parish school systems. He was also a candidate for mayor in 2020 and has used that experience to show his students that you can do anything you want and that the only failure is not trying.