Awesome Games Done Quick

Awesome Games Done Quick is an annual live streamed video game marathon organized by Games Done Quick to raise funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Hundreds of all-star gamers from around the world meet in Virginia to speedrun—play the game as fast as possible—their favorite games. People around the globe tune in online to watch the best of the best take on the most popular games. 

Thank you to the incredible donors who raised $2.2 million this year!

Wondering where your money is going? The funds you raised will support work both nationally and internationally.

  • Funding of a second $250,000 research grant in cancer prevention and early detection.  Several more grants are being reviewed by our Scientific Review Panel. Details on those grants will be posted here in the coming months.

  • A two year IASLC (International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) fellowship in translational research for lung cancer.

  • Funding of six (6) International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowships which will allow the rapid transfer of cancer clinical technology to underserved nations in the international community, helping to reduce the global cancer burden and integrate cancer control into the world health agenda.

  • Sponsorship of  the 2016 World Cancer Congress: Mobilizing Action, Inspiring Change. Where the Foundation will present its Think About the Link® viruses and cancer campaign that received its seed money from the AGDQ community in 2015.

  • AGDQ donations will once again be sponsoring the Foundation’s upcoming 17th annual Dialogue for Action® national conference that convenes a diversity of health care professionals both nationally and globally who are committed to realizing the lifesaving potential of cancer screening for all communities.


Andrew Dannenberg, MD; Weill Cornell Medical College
Named award: Awesome Games Done Quick grant
What he will study: A blood test with the potential to diagnose women at increased risk of breast cancer.
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Phil Castle, PhD, MPH; Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Named award: Awesome Games Done Quick grant
What he will study: The efficacy of a mobile phone screening device in diagnosing cervical cancer in Rwanda.
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Dr. Andrew Dannenberg – Year 1 Progress Report Summary

Chronic inflammation is a risk factor for the development of multiple cancers. Obesity is a common cause of subclinical inflammation and is also a risk factor for numerous malignancies. Dr. Dannenberg and his team demonstrated that inflammation of breast white adipose tissue (WAT) occurs in association with obesity and is detected by the presence of crown-like structures (CLS). WAT inflammation (WATi) of the breast correlates with several changes in circulating molecules that confer increased cancer risk. Additionally, the research team has discovered WATi at other organ sites, including the tongue and prostate, suggesting that WATi and its systemic effects have a role in the development of several cancers.

In the past year of research, data was collected on 100 women undergoing mastectomies. Sixty five percent of these women exhibited breast inflammation and BMI was a determinant of breast inflammation; which was present in the majority of overweight and obese women. Alarmingly, they have identified inflammation not only in obese women but also in a significant number of normal-sized women. A recent focus of their ongoing research has been identifying discriminants of breast inflammation in women who are normal weight (i.e. BMI<25). The research team identified that it is particularly important to develop tools that identify this cohort of at-risk individuals.

The primary objective of this award is to confirm the utility of the blood biomarker signature of WATi; which should enhance cancer risk assessment and facilitate clinical trials that aim to decrease WATi and thereby reduce cancer risk.

Dr. Dannenberg is grateful for this funding. In year two, his team will complete the remaining blood-based biomarker analyses and adipocyte diameter measurements and conduct analyses of all data required to complete the aims as described in their original proposal. They believe their findings will lead to publishable results.