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Who We Are

The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research was founded in 2003 by the family of Herb Kosten after his death due to pancreatic cancer. Kosten’s family sought to improve community support, awareness, and funding for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest known cancers. The organization has raised close to $2,000,000 for pancreatic cancer research and hosts a very active monthly support group meeting for patients, their families, and anyone interested in learning more about pancreatic cancer.

Our Programs

In 2004, in honor of Herb’s love of tennis, the Memphis-based organization began hosting annual tennis tournaments to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer and in 2011 the group held its first Kick It 5K run/walk. The annual signature event has grown to include more than 2,000 participants.

Money raised from the Kick It 5K and other Kosten Foundation events helps fund pancreatic cancer research and support fellowship training for future pancreatic cancer surgeons at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In addition, the Foundation presents a yearly symposium headlined by nationally recognized leaders in the field of pancreatic cancer.

The mission of Kosten foundation is four-fold:

  • To establish support and a forum for communication amongst those afflicted with pancreatic cancer via support group meetings and this website.
  • To assist with the training of future pancreatic surgeons.
  • To provide funding for a yearly Memphis public lecture on pancreatic cancer delivered by a nationally and/or internationally renowned expert on the disease.
  • To provide funding for clinical and basic research toward improving outcomes of those afflicted with pancreatic cancer.


Click on one of our teams below to make a donation.

Team information

Boyer's Warriors

Raised: $4,603.11

Purple Roses

Raised: $3,762.51

Kathryn's Kickers

Raised: $3,246.77

Jean's Quest

Raised: $2,794.73

Pam and Ernie's Kickstarters

Raised: $2,755.06

Team Tom

Raised: $2,620.52

Herb’s Heroes

Raised: $2,554.48

Leigh's Legion

Raised: $896.63

The Spirit of Gates

Raised: $860.67

Team Wilma

Raised: $757.16

Kathy’s Krew

Raised: $598.29

Bob's Brigade

Raised: $536.58


Raised: $453.40

Ricky's Raiders

Raised: $326.89

Kriger's Heroes

Raised: $299.74

Warriors for Will

Raised: $290.39

Davene's Dynamic Darlings!

Raised: $251.77

Big Daddy's Team

Raised: $243.89


Raised: $243.03

Edna’s Army

Raised: $223.97

Team Jewel Forever

Raised: $222.03


Raised: $216.06

Connie's Calvary

Raised: $190.22

Team Sherrill

Raised: $157.59

Team Dilawari

Raised: $134.83

Baptist Cancer Center

Raised: $109.90

One Job

Raised: $107.35

Mimi’s Minions

Raised: $97.19


Raised: $82.44


Raised: $55.42

Dot's Trotters

Raised: $54.48

Chancey's Charmers

Raised: $54.48

Margie’s Militia

Raised: $54.48

Team Martha

Raised: $27.71

Nacho Average Walkers

Raised: $27.71

Purple For Papaw

Raised: $27.71

Ptah Thor: Memphis Thunder

Raised: $27.71

February Sunday Butter

Raised: $27.48

Recent donors

Date Name Amount
Feb 03 Linda Oldenburg $108.03
Jan 31 Lillian Stevens Pam and Ernie’s Kickstarters $54.48
Jan 31 Sandra Goldberg Love you Pam, and all you do for others. $27.71
Jan 31 Nina Grayer $100.00
Jan 31 Suzanne Dougherty $108.03
Jan 30 Anonymous $215.13
Jan 30 Michelle Wood $55.42
Jan 30 LCDR Rick Jarchow Amy, so very sorry to hear. You and your family will remain in our prayers. $54.48
Jan 29 Ginger Clark $54.48
Jan 29 Zada Hart Gates In memory of my wonderful husband, Jeptha M. Gates $268.68