The William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation
The William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation was established in 1984 by George and Jennifer Forbeck in the memory of their son, Billy, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. In the year that followed his diagnosis, Billy’s courage and his concern for the other children that he encountered in the hospital who were also affected by cancer inspired both his doctors and his family.
Evolution of a Research Agenda
The Forbeck family saw that in order to figure out how to treat this devastating disease they needed to connect the doctors and researchers that knew anything about this disease. The doctors were willing to share ideas and brainstorm on potential treatment approaches. Inspired by the collaboration that they had seen during their clinical journey with Billy, the family established the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation, with a mission to promote advances in the field of oncology, particularly pediatric oncology, in Billy’s memory.
Since 1985 the Forbeck Foundation has funded scientific think tanks, an international database connecting researchers globally and Scientific research projects to find new approaches to advance cancer research and to foster collaborative research among institutions and interdisciplinary research.
The Foundation will organize meetings that foster research and encourage cooperation among the most brilliant minds in cancer research to break down the existing barriers of time, space, and organizational myopia. The Foundation will directly support research and other activities it deems necessary to help achieve the Mission.