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CGSR Faculty Fellowship expands research opportunities in support of cancer survivors

Pictured, left to right, UCF founder Doug Ulman, Mary Sharon Curran, and UCF executive director Brock Yetso
Pictured, left to right, UCF founder Doug Ulman, Mary Sharon Curran, and UCF executive director Brock Yetso

TOWSON, Md. (February 3, 2010)— On January 30, Mary Sharon Curran, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, received a Volunteer Service Award from the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Survivors (UCF). In a relationship that began in 2005, Curran and UCF have partnered to develop services that address the unique needs of young cancer survivors, ages 15 to 39, and their caregivers. Curran and her partners at the UCF work to assess the needs of both groups and assist in providing support, education and networking opportunities.

As a 2008 recipient of the College of Graduate Studies Faculty Fellowship, Curran initiated a pilot study aimed at investigating the effectiveness of support services offered to young adult cancer survivors living in Baltimore City, specifically targeting those with socioeconomic disparities. In June of that year, Young Adults Embracing Survivorship (YES) was created. Working in collaboration with UCF, Y of Central Maryland, University of Maryland Cancer Greenebaum Center, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Curran will evaluate the programs’ effectiveness. With the preliminary results from thispilot, Curran hopes to pursue external funding through the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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