Christina Renna Foundation raises $20,000 for pediatric cancer research at CSHL

Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. -- The Christina Renna Foundation raised $20,000 at their sixth annual Angel’s Wish Gala on January 11, 2013. The funds will be used to support cancer research in the laboratory of Dr. Linda Van Aelst at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL).

The Christina Renna Foundation was established in honor of Christina Renna, a Long Island teenager who died of soft tissue cancer in January 2007. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting children's cancer research and furthering awareness and education through the support of cancer groups and outreach programs for the direct support of those in need.

“Now more than ever, the funding of scientific research is critical to advancing our knowledge of how to fight pediatric cancers,” said Philip Renna, Christina’s father and director of the Foundation, who has been a CSHL employee over three decades. “There is nowhere in the world more prepared to do this work than Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and this is why we are proud to support the ongoing work of Dr. Linda Van Aelst.””

Dr. Van Aelst holds a Ph.D. from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in molecular biology, and performs research on several diseases including cancer and neuropathologies. Her cancer research specifically focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular underpinnings of medulloblastomas, which arise in the cerebellum and can spread along the spine. They are the most common type of primary brain tumors affecting children. “I would like to thank the Christina Renna Foundation for supporting my research work at CSHL,” said Dr. Van Aelst.

CRF_gala_check_2013Philip Renna presents a check for $20,000 to Dr. Linda Van Aelst on behalf the Board of Directors of the Christina Renna Foundation

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Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 360 scientists strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,500 scientists from around the world each year to its Long Island campus and its China center. Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press. The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For more information, visit