SEPTEMBER 12-13, 2019


Bryan Lewis, President & Co-Founder KidneyCan

Summit Co-Chairs Drs. Hans Hammers & Tony Choueiri

Brenda Knapp, Treasurer & Co-Founder KidneyCan

We are proud to host the 1st annual Kidney Cancer Research Summit bringing together renowned scientists, young investigators, industry and research advocates.

Kidney Cancer Coalition & KCAN: Stronger Together

Kidney Cancer Coalition and KCAN have joined forces to accelerate life-saving research and clinical trials for kidney cancer.

The union of these two complementary charitable organizations represents a promising step for the kidney cancer community.

Together, we’ll be known as KidneyCan—carrying that name forward while embracing the “CAN” legacy to reinforce our driven and optimistic vision for our role in the fight against this deadly disease.

Battling what is among the most prevalent forms of cancer among men (#6) and women (#10) in the U.S.*—yet still among the most under-funded and under-recognized cancers— patients, caregivers, advocates, and scientists are in dire need of greater awareness, funding, and action. That is our focus.

As one, we bring proven effectiveness at raising money for research—from grassroots efforts, to private contributions and corporate grants, up through substantial federal funding. Our impact in just four combined years of existence includes:

Spearheading efforts to initiate a $45 million Congressional grant program for research;

Raising over $1 million through local efforts and events including our “Rock the Cure” fundraisers, with over $625,000 already put to work in research labs and studies;

Leading the first-ever grassroots-funded clinical trial for kidney cancer; and

Earning a reputation for being extremely efficient at deploying capital directly to clinical and scientific endeavors in pursuit of breakthroughs.

Our founders—Brenda and Ralph Knapp, who started KC Coalition in 2016, and Bryan Lewis, who formed KCAN in 2017—recognized the potential benefits of pooling their strengths and resources. These three devoted leaders have personal experiences with kidney cancer, as patients, caregivers, and advocates. Their commitment to the cause is profound.

Brenda, Ralph, and Bryan remain confident that we “CAN” find a cure in our lifetime, despite the historical lack of funding—particularly compared to other forms of cancer—which continues to leave a severe shortage of trials resulting in roughly 15,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.*

We had a successful advocacy day on the Hill March 12th

Thank you to all who let your voice be heard

In the News

June 20, 2018 / News Page

The Rapidly Evolving Landscape of Immunotherapy 6/20/2018

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March 26, 2018 / News Page

Continued Advocacy

Read how the founders of KidneyCAN raised awareness and funds for Kidney Cancer research at UTSW.
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September 12, 2017 / News Page

Combination immunotherapy FDA approved

Combination immunotherapy improves kidney cancer survival September 12, 2017| Media Contact: Avery Anderson Dr. Hans Hammers, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and...
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August 21, 2017 / Front News, News Page

Immunotherapy Trial – Patient Success Story

72-year-old Larry Carlson was diagnosed with stage IV CCRCC in November of 2014. He came to the UT Southwestern Kidney Cancer Program shortly after. Larry shares his journey through diagnosis, surgery, and immunotherapy.
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March 7, 2017 / News Page

First Ever Kidney Cancer Funding from Congress (CDMRP)

Congressionally-directed Medical Research Program. It took over a decade of hard work from kidney cancer advocates to obtain kidney cancer-specific research funding included in the federal budget. Nevertheless, in March of 2017 Congress approved and the president signed the Consolidation Appropriations Act.
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November 10, 2016 / News Page

UT Southwestern – Cutting-edge Discoveries, Transforming Patient Care

UT Southwestern - Cutting-edge Discoveries, Transforming Patient Care The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014, 63,920 people were diagnosed...
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Donate Now!

Since our inception in 2016, we have proudly given over $625,000 to Kidney Cancer Research!


Funded major projects to date include:

  • RADVAX investigator led immunotherapy trial for 25 advanced kidney cancer patients at UT Southwestern combining Nivolumab, Ipilimumab and SBRT.

  • Support of UT Southwestern’s Kidney Cancer Research Program. 1 of only 2 SPOREs (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence) for Kidney Cancer in the US.

 Our primary sources of support are donations from the general public and fundraising.  

Our mission is to abolish Kidney Cancer as a threat to the life and health of patients through advocacy and accelerating research by  offering direct financial support for clinical and laboratory researchers with promising ideas.


Kidney Cancer strikes 63,340/year

14,970/year die from the disease

We want to help change those statistics!