Project Purple establishes $35,000 research grant at medical center

Tufts Medical Center has established the Project Purple Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, created with a $35,000 charitable gift commitment from the Connecticut-based Project Purple.

The nonprofit Project Purple was established in 2010 by Shelton resident Dino Verrelli after his late father John was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Paula Verrelli, John’s wife and Dino’s mother, also lives in Shelton.

The fund will be used only for pancreatic cancer research and related educational purposes at the Tufts Cancer Center in Boston. It will be supervised by Dr. Wasif Saif, director of the gastrointestinal oncology program at the Tufts facility.

Finding a cure

“This fund follows in our mission of helping to fund a cure for pancreatic cancer,” said Dino Verrelli, board chairman of Project Purple. He said the organization is excited to partner “with the amazing staff at Tufts Cancer Center.”

Scott Neely, philanthropy officer of Tufts Medical Cancer Center, said the medical institution was grateful for the charitable gift. “Tufts Medical Center is forever grateful to Project Purple for their great concern for patients with pancreatic cancer and the extraordinary generosity that accompanies that concern,” Neely said.

About Project Purple

Project Purple is a 501c(3) organization that raises awareness and funds for a cure of pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth largest killer of all cancers and one of the least funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Pancreatic cancer is the only cancer in the top 10 killers of cancer with a single digit survival rate after five years, according to Project Purple.

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