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Sarah Parvin Summer Scholar Program

The Sarah Parvin Foundation


Sarah Parvin from Quakertown, PA, was a vibrant and adventurous girl who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was just 11 years old. Her strong spirit and the love of her family and friends gave her courage to fight, and her wise outlook comforted and reassured her friends and loved ones. “Please don’t cry,” she’d say, “I am not unfortunate, I am lucky.” Sarah passed away one month beyond her 12th birthday, surrounded by those she loved.

The Sarah Parvin Foundation was born from a grief-stricken family inspired to keep Sarah’s bright light shining. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Through events created in part by and for children – including an annual SoccerFest and Par 4 Parvin Golf tournament – the Foundation has raised nearly $300,000 in six years in support of ovarian cancer research in the Brody Lab at Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. 

The Need for Research

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2018, more than 22,000 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer. About 14,000 women will die from this “silent killer” that is often difficult to detect; in fact, it is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women. The need for research into this devastating disease has never been more acute.

Teaching Next-Generation Researchers


The Brody Lab at Jefferson is led by Jonathan R. Brody, PhD, who has dedicated more than two decades to studying the molecular aspects of cancer, including pancreatic and ovarian cancers. Since joining Jefferson in 2006, Dr. Brody has been building a first-in-class research program, steering the trajectory of the lab while serving as an advisor/collaborator to all levels of trainees – from high school to graduate school; post-doctoral fellows to practicing clinicians. His efforts have resulted in prestigious R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health, and leadership positions with the Department of Defense’s Cancer Research Program and the American Cancer Society, among other cancer-fighting organizations.

A Unique Opportunity: Become a Sarah Parvin Summer Scholar

In memory of Sarah Parvin, the Brody Lab is committed to mentoring one young woman, either a high school or college student, each summer. This internship will introduce the student to the scientific study of cancer and the pursuit of several methods to better understand and treat ovarian cancer. In doing so, we will ensure the next generation of healthcare leaders and researchers will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to move the needle on this disease, providing hope to future generations of ovarian cancer patients.

f you are interested in learning more or to apply to the Sarah Parvin Summer Scholar Program, please contact:

Kelly Austin
Director of Development
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

We thank our friends at the Sarah Parvin Foundation for their support and inspiration over the years.