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The Jimenez Sainz Lab receives the 2024 Marti's Wish Award

Updated: Dec 21, 2023




Judit Jimenez Sainz, Ph.D., received Marti's Wish funding for her project "BRCA2 cellular localization as a prognostic factor in Helicobacter pylori-associated gastrointestinal cancers.



Mr. Harry Parnell generously established the Marti’s Wish Award in honor of his late wife of 23 years, Marti.


In 2015, Mrs. Parnell passed away shortly after being diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer for which less than 10,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S., signet ring cell carcinoma. A resident of Myrtle Beach since 1974, Mrs. Parnell was recognized as The Jackson Companies’ Outstanding Teammate in 2007 and had one of the longest tenures at Ocean Lakes Family Campground where she welcomed visitors to the Myrtle Beach area for 35 years. Mrs. Parnell enjoyed feeding the ducks in her backyard, riding around in her VW Beetle convertible and spending time with her beloved dachshund “Bulliet." We aim to honor her legacy of compassion and concern for others with this award.


Mr. Parnell has made annual, generous contributions to this fund through his procurement of rare collectible bourbons and whiskeys that are auctioned at Gourmet and Grapes each year. He was honored for these efforts in 2023 with the Gourmet and Grapes Courage in Cancer award. The purpose of the Marti’s Wish Award is to support research, education and outreach for gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

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