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December 2022 eNews

Merry Christmas!




A Special Thank You to Our Newsletter Volunteers

2022 volunteers

georgia kinman

Santa has his elves to help him at Christmas, but Wood Hudson has special helpers that work throughout the year. The 13 ladies that comprise our mailing committee generously give their time and talent in preparing our newsletters for mailing. Over 5000 newsletters are sent twice a year to our supporters. This task would be overwhelming without the help of our volunteers. Due to production delays in printing, the newsletter was not ready until December 15th. Our wonderful volunteers will be working the weekend before Christmas to get the printed newsletter out to you! The Staff and the Board of Trustees at Wood Hudson would like to say “Thank You” to this very special group of ladies. Pictured above are (clockwise around the table, starting on the left) Lois VonStrohe, Mary Wimmers, Judy Bradford, Mary Dierig, Karen Kohls, Charlotte Frazer, Linda Adams, and Kay Roberts, and pictured to the right is Georgia Kinman, our Director of Development and Volunteer Coordinator.


Meet Student Shakyrah Smith

shakyra smithMy name is Shakyrah Smith, I am a 2018 graduate of Taylor High School in Cleves, Ohio.  I am currently a senior at Mount St. Joseph University. I will be graduating December 10th, 2022, with my B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. I joined Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory Incorporated on October 3rd, 2022. I applied with the hopes to gain additional medical research experience and my expectations were greatly exceeded. I have learned so much ranging from the importance of sterile technique for cell culture maintenance, and how breast cancer cells divide (cell growth and colony forming assays), respond to chemotherapy (apoptosis assays), and act in the human body (from assigned reading materials in Principles of Cancer Biology). After graduation this December, I plan to continue doing biomedical research and then apply to a physician assistant program in April of 2023. I have also been an active-duty member of the Ohio Army National Guard since I was 17 years old. 


We Thank Local Foundations for Their Generous Support

rc durrWe acknowledge with gratitude a generous $15,000 grant from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, for the purpose of operational expenses during 2023, received in November 2022. We also acknowledge with gratitude another $10,000 grant received from the R. C. Durr Foundation on October 31st. The purpose of the R. C. Durr grant is to support four or five students from Northern Kentucky to participate in hands-on experience and research in Wood Hudson’s Undergraduate Research Education Program in 2023. Also on October 31st, we received a $100,000 grant from the Team Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund. This grant was awarded to Wood Hudson to mitigate the loss of income in 2021 compared to 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank both the Governor and the General Assembly for supporting the inclusion of this funding in the state budget, and the Public Protection Cabinet for administering the funds. Prior to October, other grants were received to support research and education during 2022. These grants included those from the Josephine Schell Russell Trust, $33,000, the Chemed Corporation Foundation, $25,000, two $10,000 grants from the R. C. Durr Foundation—one to support students in UREP, and one to support the reopening of the laboratory facilities, and the I Have Wings Foundation gave $5,000 to support breast cancer research during 2022.

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