Fred Atkin, a charter member and Vice President of ACKC since 2002, passed away unexpectedly on October 30th. He was 79 years old. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, sons, Todd and Billy, sister, Joyce, and grandson, Alex.
Fred served on the CDMRP Consumer Review Panel, which evaluated grant award applications. Kidney cancer researchers received on average $1 million per year in grant money.
When Congress approved the $10 million Kidney Cancer Research Program (KCRP) starting this year, Fred was appointed to CDMRP’s select Programmatic Review Committee, which makes the final recommendation for approval of the funding of grants.
Fred will be sorely missed by his family and friends and as an advocate for increased kidney cancer funding and improved dialysis treatment in this country.