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About The National Cancer Center

Our History

One out of every five deaths in America is from cancer. And perhaps saddest of all, cancer causes more deaths in children between the ages of 1 and 14 years than any other disease.

National Cancer Center was founded by Dr. J. Ernest Ayre in 1953 as a non-profit organization committed to research and education about cancer. Dr. J. Ernest Ayre was a pioneer in refining and promoting the Pap test for women. The Pap test has been the major factor in reducing deaths from cervical cancer by 70%. Dr. Ayre was also one of the first researchers to recognize the enormous potential of Interferon for cancer treatment.

Dr. Ayre's dedication and accomplishments have been the standard for the work we have carried forward for over 60 years. We are currently assisting researchers at a number of universities including Duke University, Yale Univiversity, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, John Hopkins University, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. more...


Our Focus

The focus of National Cancer Center is two-fold: research and education.

We are dedicated to the task of seeking out and providing financial support to researchers undertaking thorough, innovative, and promising studies on topics related to conquering cancer.

The National Cancer Center’s Commitment to Basic Research

Despite the development of new and effective treatments for various forms of cancer, many patients still succumb to this disease.  Novel approaches are needed to improve patient outcomes and to develop a better understanding of how and why cancer develops in different tissues in the first place.

Just what is “basic cancer research”?  It is the scientific investigation into how the body’s immune system sees and responds to cancer when it initially develops, research that seeks to reveal how and why cancer cells are resistant to different treatments.  Such knowledge can, it is hoped, lead to strategies which are effective in overcoming that resistance.

This fundamental research is often carried out by post-doctoral scientists and physicians who, working under the mentorship of established professional investigators, are at the beginning of their scientific careers.

Financial support for these young scientists is keenly important in order to train the next generation of cancer researchers and continue the rapid progress that is being made in the development of new cancer therapies.  And it is this specific and critical financial support which NCC provides through contributions from donors like you.

The National Cancer Center’s Commitment to Education

The National Cancer Center also educates Americans on how they can reduce their risk of cancer. Over the past few years, NCC has distributed a number of education and prevention packets on such topics as breast, lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer, as well as needle biopsy aspiration. Other areas of our work include mailing information packets designed to help prevent skin cancer during summer months. (If you would like further information on any of this material, please write to us at NCC, 88 Sunnyside Boulevard, Suite 307, Plainview, NY 11803.)

We are committed to finding a cure.

We need your help to fund cancer research projects and cutting edge treatments. With your support and the work of dedicated scientists and doctors a cure can't be far away.


Our Board

Barry J. Peek, ESQ., President  bio...

Jeremy Paul JD, CFP®, AIF®, CDFA®, Vice President/Treasurer  bio..

Raymond L. Forsythe  bio..

Regina English  bio...

Margaret Cantillon O’Leary  more...

Ben Voorhees  more...

Kris DiSanti, Administrative Assistant
Eileen Jackson, Administrative Clerk

Scientific Advisory Board

Darell D. Bigner, M.D., Ph. D. Chairman  more...

John M. Kirkwood, M.D. more...

Janet M.D. Plate, Ph.D. more...

Jerome Ritz, M.D. more...


Aggressive Cancer Research

The Aggressive Cancer Research program of NCC specializes in fundraising for colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer.

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The Breast Cancer Project

The Breast Cancer Project specifically funds grants focusing on breast cancer research and prevention. NCC created this program because breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women today (after lung cancer), and is the most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.

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Children's Cancer Project

The Children's Cancer Project of NCC provides funds for pediatric cancer research and community education.

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Fighting Childhood Leukemia

The Fighting Childhood Leukemia (FCL) program of NCC provides additional research funding for the single most common form of cancer in children, leukemia.  Childhood leukemias account for more than one-third of all new cases of childhood cancers.

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  • "The National Cancer Center fills an extremely important function in funding postdoctoral fellowships. Postdoctoral fellows are essential to conduct the cancer research of the investigators of every institution in the country. There is a significant shortage of fellowship funding and many of the applicants, are ineligible for federal funding. The National Cancer Center fills the gap to a significant extent."

    Darell D. Bigner, M.D., Ph.D.
    Edwin L. Jones, Jr. and Lucille Finch Jones
    Cancer Research Professor
    Director, Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke
    Chief, Preuss Laboratory for Brain Tumor Research
  • "I believe that the funding of early-phase cancer research investigators, both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral, is one of the key needs we have in this time. The NCC is oriented to filling this gap, and has supported trainees in a number of critical areas of investigation."

    John M. Kirkwood, MD Professor of Medicine,
    Dermatology and Translational Science Co-Director,
    Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program
    University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
    Hillman Cancer Outpatient Pavilion
  • "For those individuals who want to establish a career in cancer research, the first few years are critical as they identify scientific mentors and begin their research projects. NCC fellowship grants focus on these individuals and your rigorous selection process helps identify the most talented young investigators likely to have great impact on the field."

    Jerome Ritz, MD Executive Director,
    Connell O’Reilly Cell Manipulation Core Facility
    Professor of Medicine
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Harvard Medical School