Kure It Awards $250,000 to Kidney Cancer Immunotherapy Research in Barcelona, Spain

Orange County Nonprofit, Kure It Cancer Research, Awards International Cancer Research Grant through the American Association for Cancer Research

Dr. Ana Meseguer, of Barcelona, Spain’s Vall d’Hebron, will receive $250,000 grant to support immunotherapy kidney cancer research.

IRVINE, CA — The American Association for Cancer Research and Kure It Cancer Research are pleased to announce that Ana Meseguer, M.D., Ph. D. will receive the 2016 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Kure It Cancer Research Grant for Kidney Cancer Research.

Ana, an associate professor at the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in the School of Medicint of the UniversitatAutónoma de Barcelona (UAC) and co-coordinator of the Master on Translational Biomedical Research launched in 2014 by Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca (VHIR), will receive $250,000 during the two-year grant term.

This grant marks Kure It’s sixth grant through an AACR partnership since 2010.  AACR-Kure It grants are designed to provide support for innovative translational kidney cancer research designed to improve the survival and quality of life of patients with kidney cancer and, in turn, lead to individualized therapeutic options for the treatment or development of promising new immunotherapy kidney cancer therapies. Kure It founder Barry Hoeven recognized the AACR for assembling a team of specialists to review the submitted proposals, as well as their role in making researchers aware of the funds availaible. “The AACR partnership brought us a much larger pool of projects from which to choose, and we were pleased to be able to fund yearly awards. We are grateful to our supporters for providing consistent funding so that we can support innovative research”. 

Ana’s project, “Could TIM-1 Constitute a New Target for Renal Cell Carcinoma Immunotherapy?,” aims to investigate the presence of new immune checkpoints to increase the number of patients that could benefit from immunotherapy treatments.

“Despite the fact manipulation of the endogenous immune system has emerged as an effective anticancer therapy, there is a limitation to these treatments with a fairly small proportion of patients who achieve clinical responses” writes Dr. Meseguer, Associate Director of Translational Research at VHIR.  Dr. Meseguer and her team will work to analyze the impact of TIM-1 expression in tumor progression to improve knowledge of RCC tumor biology and target effective and personalized treatment for RCC patients. 

The expert scientific review committee, assembled by the AACR, received nine high-caliber applications from independent investigators who proposed to develop and study new immunological approaches that will have a direct application and relevance to patients with kidney cancer.

Kure It Cancer Research (www.kureit.org) was established in 2010 to fill the gap in funding and place cancer research dollars directly into the hands of the investigators. To date, Kure It Cancer Research has raised more than $4.7 million for cancer research.  With this remarkable standard of giving, Kure It is able to directly support groundbreaking research at leading cancer centers internationally.

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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies


Be sure to watch this three-part, six-hour major television event on PBS, starting tonight, March 30.

The series covers cancer's first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control, and conquer it, to a radical new understanding of its essence. It also features the current status of cancer knowledge and treatment —the dawn of an era in which cancer may become a chronic or curable illness rather than its historic death sentence in some forms.
• Episode One: Magic Bullets (Monday, March 30, 2015, 9-11 p.m. EST)
• Episode Two: The Blind Men and the Elephant (Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9-11 p.m. EST)
• Episode Three: Finding the Achilles Heel (Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 9-11 p.m. EST)


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Barry Hoeven Honored in September

September 2014 was a busy month for our Founder & Chairman, Barry Hoeven.  On Wednesday, September 10, Barry was inducted into the Self Storage Hall of Fame. Friday, Sept. 12, the University Kidney Research Organization honored him for his outstanding achievement in business. In both cancer research and business, Barry is a visionary leader and US Storage Centers is lucky he's ours.

As Barry took the stage in Las Vegas to accept his Hall of Fame recognition, he did not take the opportunity to talk about himself or make a grand speech.  Instead, he took the opportunity to give back and encouraged those in a position of leadership to support the Self Storage Association’s Scholarship Foundation. Within ten minutes, Barry had the room standing in support with pledges of over $275,000. The SSA Foundation Scholarship Program provides scholarship awards toward postsecondary education tuition and fees. Recipients must be employees (or their children / grandchildren) of companies which are direct members of the Self Storage Association and eligibility requirements also include a demonstration of integrity within school and /or workplace and documented pursuit of meaningful education at an accredited postsecondary education institution. 

Without hesitation, Barry took his moment of recognition and selflessly offered it to help others; a true model of care, compassion, and generosity.  As a founder of Kure It Cancer Research and Charity Storage, Barry is no stranger to philanthropy and he has extended that value into his business philosophy for more than 25 years.

Giving back is embed into the culture of US Storage Centers, whether through our Round-up for Research, Store for a Kure, or Charity Storage,  Barry has developed programs that make it easy to give back and support life-saving cancer research from every angle.

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”       John Maxwell

Every day, Barry works to leave behind a legacy of excellence as he inspires the self storage industry to Fight on for a Kure


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UKRO Honors Barry Hoeven, Kure It Cancer Research Founder

Barry Hoeven was honored by the USC University Kidney Research Organization on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Hoeven was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Business and Industry Award for his work in founding Westport  Properties, US Storage Centers and Kure It Cancer Research.

Hoeven was honored alongside USC provost, Elizabeth Garrett and philanthropist Lynda Oschin. 

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Hall of Fame Awardee

On September 10th, 2014, Barry Hoeven was honored by the Self Storage Association in Las Vegas at the annual SSA Trade Show and Conference.  Barry was inducted into the SSA Hall of Fame, alongside his friend and former co-worker Ken Woolley, chairman of ExtraSpace Storage.

Barry was recognized as a leader in the business world as Chairman of US Storage Center, but also as a premier philanthropist and founder of Kure It an Charity Storage. Congratulations, Barry!

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Long-Time Supporter of Kure-It, Cris Burnam, recognized as EY Entrepreneur of the Year

EY announced that President, Cris Burnam of StorageMart, a privately-held self storage company in the U.S. and Canada, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Services & Real Estate category in the Central Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Burnam was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Sheraton Overland Park hotel on June 19.

“It’s an honor to receive this award and a testament to the talented and dedicated people working beside me. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with my brothers and sister and learn from my mentor, my dad, Gordon Burnam” says, Cris Burnam, who continues, “My hope is that being recognized for achievement as an entrepreneur reminds others in the trenches that ‘it is the courage to continue that counts’.”

StorageMart self storage company was founded by the Burnam family in 1999. The company doubled in size in 2008 with a successful takeover of a publicly-held Canadian storage portfolio. Most recently, StorageMart acquired a set of 17 self storage properties in Des Moines, Iowa and have plans to continue growing by acquiring self storage properties and converting existing real estate into self storage facilities. Cris Burnam champions StorageMart’s company culture, to “focus on the customer experience, because that’s what matters most”. StorageMart if also a founder of Charity Storage, the first self storage industry-led non-profit organization, which supports KureIt Kidney Cancer Research, local Habitat for Humanity branches, women’s shelters, foster care and adoption resource centers and more.

StorageMart is also a charter member of Charity Storage, an industry wide giving back program providing financial assistance to non-profit organizations across the United States, including Kure-It Cancer Research.

Now in its 28th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2013 winner Hamid Moghadam, CEO and Chairman of Prologis.

As a Central Midwest award winner, Burnam is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 national program, to be held at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

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About StorageMart
Headquartered in Columbia, Missouri since its formation with a single store in 1999, StorageMart now owns and operates 149 full-service self storage facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to renting out self storage units, StorageMart properties offer for purchase a wide variety of high quality packing and moving supplies, making each StorageMart a one-stop shopping spot for all moving, packing and storage needs. For more information, visit http://www.storage-mart.com.

StorageMart Gives is the charitable arm of the company. Its mission is to identify strong, non-profit organizations to work with as partners in every market StorageMart calls home. Partner organizations include the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Open Books (Chicago), the Food Bank of Northeast and Central Missouri and the Des Moines Music Coalition as well as organizations dedicated to animal welfare, children’s advocacy groups and women’s shelters. StorageMart is also a charter member of Charity Storage, an industry wide giving back program providing financial assistance to non-profit organizations across the United States, including Kure-It Cancer Research.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.


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US Storage Centers - March Madness!

Have you ever wanted to donate to a worthy cause but don’t have the money?  Facebook users can help fund innovative cancer research by hitting the “like” button on the US Storage Centers Facebook page. For the first 5,000 people who do, US Storage Centers will add another dollar to their already generous monthly contribution to Kure It, a non-profit that funds grants for promising cancer research.  Since inception, Kure It has raised over $2.5 million dollars, much of it as a result of self storage industry fundraising.


In 2007, Kure It founder and US Storage Centers Chairman Barry Hoeven set out to raise $1 million a year for cancer research. Since then, many others in the self storage industry have joined in the fight for a “kure” by creating tailored fundraising campaigns or supporting Kure It events.


Jason Lopez, Director of Marketing for US Storage Centers, stated, “As a company, we try to incorporate Kure It fundraising into everything we do, so when we launched a social media outreach campaign, we knew this was a great opportunity for giving back”. 


Here's hoping US Storage Centers gets lots of Facebook engagement, and Kure It gets lots of one dollar donations.


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Rivals Unite for a Movie Outing

Normally they battle it out on the football field, true to their historic rivalry, but on this night, Trojans and Bruins got together to further a cause they can all fight for – the war against cancer.

On September 12, 2013,  the Port Theatre hosted UCLA and USC alumni for an exclusive screening of A City Divided, Emmy Award-winner Jack Baric’s documentary highlighting the 80+ year-old rivalry between the football teams of the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. Trojan and Bruin rivals buried the hatchet for the night with a little help from Newport Rib Company, El Cholo Restaurant, Bluewater Grill, and Peligroso Spirits.

The film screening was a warmup for the spectacular Rivals United for a Kure gala, held during rivalry game week on Monday, November 25, 2013. The second annual event will honor iconic coaches John Robinson from USC and Terry Donahue from UCLA. The event accomplishes something both teams can be proud of - fighting cancer. Hosted by Kure It, a non-profit dedicated to raising money to fund cancer research, last year’s inaugural event raised three hundred thousand dollars, which was awarded to innovative research projects at the Comprehensive Cancer Centers of UCLA and USC. Photos courtesy of Danny Mendoza.


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5th Annual Kure It Networking Cruise & Poker Run

Our most anticipated self storage fundraiser of the year did not disappoint! On Thursday, July 18th Kure It joined forces with self storage's finest professionals, in a fun and relaxing environment.

Immediately following the California Self Storage Association’s 9th Annual Self Storage Owners Summitthe event began with an electric boat cruise around Newport Bay, with five stops to draw poker cards. Boats were sponsored by self storage owners and vendors, with each boat flying the flag of its sponsor. Once the boats returned from the cruise, guests enjoyed cocktails and food stations, networking with others in the industry, and an opportunity drawing.

A hearty congratulations to the boat with the best poker hand - for the second year in a row - OpenTech Alliance/USStorageSearch.com went home with trophies, a prize package, and bragging rights for 2013. Thanks to our sponsors and donors, the event raised $35,000 for cancer research. 

Please visit our Facebook page to view pictures taken at the event. Photos by Danny Mendoza:  www.danny-mendoza.com

A special thank you to this year's sponsors:


Bank of America 

Storage Outlet

Smart Stop Self Storage

US Storage Centers

XPS Solutions


DAI General Contracting

Kiwi II Construction

OpenTech Alliance

Self Storage Manager

Storage Network Advantage



OpenTech Alliance




Eide Bailly, LLP

Storage Battles





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The Balboa Bay Club & Resort Newport Beach, CA

4th Annual 901 Club Reunion & Fundraiser



On Saturday, August 18th the Newport Sports Museum hosted the 4th Annual USC 901 Club Reunion. The event benefited Kure It Cancer Research, a non-profit organization founded by USC Alum and cancer survivor Barry Hoeven, to raise funds for innovative cancer research. This year's event gave light to the incredible support Kure It continues to receive from the USC community.

USC alumni and friends who participated in the evening's festivities enjoyed a surprise appearance from WeAreSC.com blogger Garry Paskweitz, who joined Trojan football radio announcer Pete Arbogast in a lively discussion about the upcoming season. The live auction was especially entertaining, as it was hosted by Dan Dotson from the hit television show Storage Wars on A&E. Among the items for auction were a week-long stay in Hawaii and a one of a kind golf package donated by Bob Vokey from Titleist. Vokey, a kidney cancer survivor, generously offered this unique item last year as well – raising close to $5,300 for Kure It. The evening concluded with the much anticipated Trojan band performance and playing of the victory march, "Conquest". In USC tradition, guests rose to their feet and displayed the familiar "V" for victory sign.

To date, Kure It has raised over $200,000 through the 901 Club Reunion. Kure It has also received support from other Trojan centered events, including a USC Phi Kappa Psi Golf Tournament earlier in the year which raised $7,000 for cancer research.

For pictures and highlights of the evening please click HERE

Photos by Danny Mendoza:



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