Supporting DIPG Research and Patients
DIPG federal funding is so miniscule that it is invisible on this chart!
Only 0.067% of all federal cancer funding and 1.1% of all federal childhood cancer funding goes to DIPG. That is only 5.5M dollars a year for DIPG research!
This is why our DIPG research community depends so much on the funds provided by private and public foundations. So please donate!
Board of Directors
Mithil’s family – mom Sarva Channarajurs, dad Prasad Rao and sister Rachna Prasad are the founding members of Mithil Prasad Foundation. They are also part of the board of directors and office bearers of the organization.
Sarva and Prasad are engineers by profession and work for tech companies in silicon valley. Rachna is an undergrad student at UCLA, wanting to pursue a career in medicine.
Dr. Nicholas Vitanza is a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and research scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In clinic, he cares for children with central nervous system (CNS) tumors and, in the lab, he focuses on understanding the molecular aberrations of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and its subsequent vulnerabilities with the hope of improving outcomes for affected children. He also helps guide immunotherapy research at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and will be the Principle Investigator of an upcoming chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell clinical trial for children with CNS tumors.
Noah Bopp is SEGL’s Founder and Head of School. He has nearly two decades of teaching experience. Prior to SEGL he worked at the Mountain School of Milton Academy, where he directed the History program and served as a dorm parent. From 2002-2007 he led the Duke University TIP Global Dialogues Institute, which he created as a “pilot” for SEGL; he also co-led the Duke TIP in Paris program, which he co-created in 2001. He began his teaching career at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, where he taught history and philosophy, and chaired the school’s Community Service Council. He is a graduate of Oberlin College (where he captained the men’s basketball team), Duke University, and the Klingenstein Private School Leadership program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Coach Elias Herrera coaches baseball at the evergreen little league baseball team. He was Mithil’s coach. Elias has been coaching baseball at ELL for about 15+ years and really enjoys helping players progress and move on to the next level. He is now coaching travel baseball as well. Baseball is a passion for him as it was for Mithil. Elias is currently on the ELL board as safety officer. Elias has played baseball up to the college level. He is now a plumbing contractor for the state of California. Elias spent 10 years in the local 393 plumbers union, before starting his own plumbing business in 1999.
James was born and raised here in Northern California, and received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO. He previously was ranked among the top table players in the US, still plays actively, while “attempting” to coach and train with his three children. James has worked for Adaptec (a technical liaison to Microsoft), couple early stage start-up companies. For the past 15 years James has been at F5 Networks, currently working as a Senior VP of Product Development. He manages F5’s security product and technology, is the site manager for the F5 San Jose R&D office, and site sponsor for the F5 Tel Aviv R&D office. On the weekend, you’ll find James either driving a tractor around his field, working on classic cars, or bringing his kids to local table tennis tournaments.
Story behind our logo
Wide arms - the token of warmth, love, and compassion was Mithil’s go to move. For every occasion he seemed to find a way to spread his arms. Whether it was for a group hug on his birthday, cheering on his baseball team or just because it had been a good day. Mithil never failed to spread his warmth. His open arms can be found in several pictures and is always accompanied by his sweet, joyful smile. Everything that Mithil’s open arms represented is what we want our foundation to represent, making it the most obvious choice for our logo. Accompanying the wide arms are birds, which represent Mithil’s motto – Live life blissfully!