Donor Spotlight: The Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Established in 2006 by Eric and Liz Lefkofsky, The Lefkofsky Family Foundation supports charitable, scientific, and educational causes throughout the world. In late 2007, The Lustgarten Foundation received a phone call from Mr. Lefkofsky requesting information about its work. “Interestingly, I learned of The Lustgarten Foundation through the website of Dr. Randy Pausch,” noted Eric Lefkofsky, business entrepreneur and co-founder of The Lefkofsky Family Foundation. “I was delighted by the Foundation’s extensive support of world-class research into this horrible disease, which took the life of my grandfather.”
“I was delighted by the Foundation’s support of world-class research into this horrible disease, which took the life of my grandfather.” - Eric Lefkofsky
The Lefkofsky Family Foundation has fully underwritten a Year 2008 Lustgarten Foundation research project. In choosing a project for funding, Mr. Lefkofsky embraced the same ‘risk-reward’ approach to funding research that has earned him much business success. The selected project, Development of an Inflammation-based Pancreatic Cancer Model and Exploration of the Origins of Pancreatic Cancer, will be conducted by Dr. Timothy Wang of Columbia University, and offers a progressive approach to studying the disease. The Lustgarten Foundation is delighted to have the generous support of new friends and research funding partners, Eric and Liz Lefkofsky and The Lefkofsky Family Foundation.