Oncology Investigator Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Stephan Grupp, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Oncology, recently received the Eagles Fly for Leukemia (EFL) Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes medical, business and community leaders.

EFL made the award and provided $30,000 in research support to Dr. Grupp based on his research at Children's Hospital, which centers on the causes and treatments of childhood leukemia and the use of stem cells and other cell therapies in cancer.

Dr. Grupp's research specifically focuses on signaling and signal transduction inhibitors in normal and abnormal lymphocytes. He also serves as director of Stem Cell Biology, overseeing research into the clinical use of peripheral blood stem cells in children.

EFL was established after the daughter of former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill was diagnosed with leukemia in 1971. Drawing upon the spirit and solidarity of his teammates during Kim Hill's successful treatment, Fred became committed to helping other families battle pediatric cancers, helping them identify resources and providing financial assistance.

In 1972 EFL was recognized as the official philanthropy of the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club. Nearly 20 years later EFL established itself as a free-standing nonprofit organization, with the Philadelphia Eagles continuing to support and encourage EFL's initiatives.

Over the last 30 years, Eagles Fly for Leukemia has raised over $10 million toward pediatric cancer research and family support, with nearly $1.7 supporting oncology research at Children's Hospital.