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Oct 14

Dr. Sam VolchenboumOn Sunday, October 9th, Dr. Sam Volchenboum, MD, PhD, MS, ran the Chicago Marathon to support the Cancer Research Foundation.  He ran the race in three hours and eleven minutes, beating his previous personal best time of 3:28.  In addition, his time was good enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon!

Our most sincere thanks go out to everyone who supported Sam and made donations in honor of his marathon training. We are so appreciative and proud that Sam picked the Cancer Research Foundation to benefit from his efforts. We truly appreciate the help he's given us to educate people about the value of supporting young investigators and new ideas in cancer science.

Way to Go, Sam!


Dr. Sam Volchenboum is an expert in pediatric cancers and blood disorders. His specialty is treating children with neuroblastoma, a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system.

In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Volchenboum is studying neuroblastoma in the laboratory, using sophisticated tools to measure the amounts of proteins found in these tumors. He is also pursuing several research projects in biomedical informatics, a field that harnesses tools from the world of computer science to solve complex problems in biology. Dr. Volchenboum has applied informatics techniques to study the genetics of both pediatric and adult cancers, and serves as director of informatics for the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

In 2008 Sam was awarded a Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator Award to study the role of a particular protein in the development of certain high-risk neuroblastimas using the relatively new science of quantitative proteomics.  Proteomics is the study of the composition and function of the proteins that make up the metabolic pathways of our cells. Read more about Sam's work here.

CARA logoSpecial Thanks to CARA

For the 2011 Chicago Marathon, the Cancer Research Foundation teamed up with the Chicago Area Runner's Association (CARA) which provides running programs to help runners achieve their goals, from beginners to seasoned road warriors.   Sam participated in CARA's 2011 Summer Marathon Training Program.  To learn more about the Chicago Area Runner's Association click here.