michael papanikolaou

Race Organizer 2012/13

Malina Papanikolaou

Race Organizer 2014


If you have able hands, we want your help. Whether it's helping to plan and run our events or offering your time and talents to help us fulfill our mission, we need you. Read more to see how you can help.

FUNDRAISing Events

We have held five successful Memorial 5K Cross Country Run/Walk events in the fall of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017, at University School's Hunting Valley campus. We have also held a smaller event called a "Dean Day"  and a clambake to also help us in our Mission.

Upcoming Event: OCTOBER 7th,  2018

None of us ever expected the diagnosis we received, back in the summer of 2011.  Dean was feeling wonderful except for a bit tired, and the nagging "kidney stone" that he thought he had.  Unfortuantly it wasn't a kidney stone, but  a Neuronendocrine Tumor.  The  worse was yet to come, as it turned out to be an aggressive  form of this cancer that did not want to let him go, and would continue to grow  throughout the coming  five months,  regardless of the treatments tried.  

Dean never lost faith, or his good attitude. He continued to work on finishing his work for his Ph.D, staying in touch with all of his friends and collegeaues and even travelling back to Nashville for work and pleasure as he could. 

One of  his last doctors to treat him, was Dr. Eric Liu,  Dean felt sure that Dr. Liu would be able to help him as he was working with Dr. Oberg from Sweden and was making great strides in Neuroendincrine research.  Dean almost had the opportunity to study with Dr. Liu when first arriving at Vandy, but at the last minute the opening was not there, and he went on to work in the Optics lab.  Oddly enough, he still did endocrine based research with his design.

Dean's life was short, but full. His room during his last days, was full of many of his friends and family as they all came to be with him one last time.

We hope that by helping to fund further Neuroendocrine Research  we can prevent others from ever having to go through the loss of someone so brilliant and special in their lives as our Dean was in ours.

In Dean's Memory

antonios Paras, M.D., Trustee

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Our staff

Jeanne Paras

We support NEuroendocrine cancer research.

OUR Mission

The Foundation's dual purposes are to fund Neuroendocrine Cancer Research  and  to fund a Graduate Fellowship in BioMechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University.

Alexa Papanikolaou

Race Organizer 2015

We are a tax-deductible  501c3 Foundation

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