April 14, 2015  

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation Awards $15,000 Cancer Research Grant to CDU’s Dr. Eva McGhee



ROCKY FORD, CO –The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, a Colorado nonprofit corporation, has awarded Dr. Eva McGhee of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in Los Angeles, CA with a $15,000 grant to investigate breast cancer research and HPV.

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation is comprised of pumpkin growers throughout the country, who since in 2012 have committed to donating funds for every pink pumpkin sold to organizations dedicated to breast cancer research. FFA and 4H students also raised substantial funds for the foundation through pink pumpkin sales for the second year.

“As we head into year four, we want to thank all the people who make it possible for us to fund these grants year after year,” said Carol Holsopple-Froese, president of the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation and a breast cancer survivor. “We are so happy to be able to award this grant to Dr. McGhee; it is always our hope that our growers’ efforts and contributions are bringing us closer to a cure.” 

Dr. McGhee is a faculty member in the College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cancer Research and Training, at CDU, and she is also on the faculty at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. McGhee’s research focus is on Precision Medicine-Translational Research in genomics/genetic instability: investigating the relationships between human papillomaviruses (HPV) and breast cancer, HPV and Cervical Cancer-at the DNA and protein levels, HPV and oral cancer-mouse model, and how HPV drives HIV infection to malignancy-as it relates to genomic instability and DNA repair.

Dr. McGhee received her PhD in Cellular Immunogenetics from the University of Kansas. She completed her Post-Doctoral Training Fellowships at UCSF, and UCSF/Stanford University in Molecular Cancer Genetics-Genomic Instability, and Medical Genetics, respectively. Dr. McGhee was also awarded a Visiting Professorship to Harvard in Boston, MA, Department of Medicine, Division Infectious Diseases; there she investigated the molecular genetics and genomic instability of HPV.

“I am so thankful to receive this grant that the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation has so gracefully awarded me,” said Dr. McGhee. “Being from the Midwest, agriculture has and will always have a special place in my heart and I am honored to accept this grant to which so many hardworking farmers across the country have contributed.”

About the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation
The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation was created in 2012 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. The foundation is made up of America’s pumpkin growers have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold to organizations involved in breast cancer research. The foundation will oversee the donations and ensure that the funds go directly to reputable organizations with the highest percentage of dollars spent on actual research. For more information visit

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO
Our University has evolved and grown, shaped by the needs of the community it serves. Located in the Watts-Willow brook section of South Los Angeles, the institution benefits from its location and the corresponding diversity. Following nearly a decade of community-based advocacy for improved medical services, Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School was incorporated in August of 1966. In response to the lack of adequate medical facilities in the area, the institution later became a University and changed its name in 1987 to reflect its expanded academic role and identity. The University is named in honor of Dr. Charles R. Drew, a brilliant African-American physician, famous for his pioneering work in blood preservation. His dedication to learning and sharing knowledge to benefit mankind is the inspiration for the University.

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 560 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to conduct education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement to train health professionals who promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities. For more information, visit

College of Medicine Medical Education
The Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program provides unique, quality training in the scholarly and humane aspects of medicine and fosters the development of our future health care leaders who will advance the overall health in underserved communities in the United States and abroad. Students are selected on the strength of their academic record and on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to serving underserved communities with compassion. Each year, twenty-four students enroll in the four-year community-based medical education program. Our students represent the full range of gender, ethnic, and educational diversity, which contributes to the strength of our program. Students admitted to the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program benefit from both CDU and UCLA in a combined curriculum.

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