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University of North Carolina’s Kate Westmoreland, MD, has been amazed and excited by a surge of support for her work to improve treatment for adolescents and young adults with Burkitt lymphoma in Malawi, a country in Sub-Saharan Africa where this type of blood cancer is more common and deadly than in the United States.

Westmoreland recently received a five-year International Research Scientist Development Award for $714,155 from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center that was co-funded by the National Cancer Institute. The award will help support her research to improve treatment and survival for adolescents and young adults with Burkitt lymphoma in Malawi. She will move to Malawi on July 23 to launch a clinical study of a treatment regimen that she believes could improve survival.

Kate Westmoreland, MD, staffed a booth at the Second Sky festival, where musician Porter Robinson ad his family worked to raise awareness and funds to support Westmoreland’s work in Malawi.

She also recently received an outpouring of support from the internationally renowned and Grammy-nominated musician Porter Robinson, who is from Chapel Hill. During an electronic dance music festival he produced in Oakland, California June 15-16, Robinson raised awareness and funds for Westmoreland’s research. Westmoreland attended the festival that drew 30,000 people and worked alongside the Robinson family to staff an information tent for about 12 hours each day. Read more…