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Joseph C. Monastra

Joseph C. Monastra


The mission of this foundation is to engage in charitable, educational and scientific activities, including funding research, scientific endeavors and other activities, directed at eradication of cancer, specifically Pancreatic Cancer.


  • Support early detection research at John Hopkins Medical Institution/Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center and Emory University that includes genetic analysis of single pancreatic cancer cells and defines the molecular changes that underlie the moment of invasion in pancreatic cancer
  • Fund research which improves diagnosis, classification, and clarification of the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic cancers and focuses on the genetics and biological determinants of familial pancreatic cancer risk
  • Further promote advocacy and awareness through social media
  • Host fundraising events


Joseph C. Monastra passed away April 4, 2002 only four short weeks after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.  In honor of Joe’s memory, his family established the Joseph C. Monastra (JCM) Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.   Money raised by the JCM Foundation supports pancreatic cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Emory University.

As a result of numerous fund raising events and our continued efforts throughout the years, the JCM Foundation makes a direct impact by supporting pancreatic cancer research.

The JCM Foundation supports the research efforts of Dr. Laura Wood, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Oncology and Dr. Nicholas Roberts at the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  In addition, the foundation supports the research team led by Dr. Volkan Adsay, Professor and Vice-Chair Director of Anatomic Pathology at Emory University.

For more information regarding the research the JCM Foundation has been supporting please visit the Research section of the website.

To learn more about the JCM Foundation fund raising events and how to become involved, please see how you too can Ways To Give.



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