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Working together, scientists from Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation are advancing adult stem cell research to treat some of today’s most devastating diseases.

Jenks, Oklahoma (February 10, 2017) – Two Jenks elementary schools were honored Friday for their efforts to promote health for students, teachers and staff.

Jenks East and Jenks West elementary schools were both recognized for adopting healthy policies and putting them into practice. Both schools received a Healthy School Incentive Grant from TSET. Jenks West is now the second school to meet criteria for a “3-star school” within the incentive grant program.

Sustained support and investment from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has helped to increase access to cutting-edge cancer treatment and research in Oklahoma. It has also helped bring national research dollars, scientists and scholars to Oklahoma.

Every other Tuesday, Gail Stover makes the 300-mile trip from his home in Missouri to receive cancer treatment at the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, he hops back into the car to return home.

Last year, the biweekly trips added up to more than 25,000 miles. But Stover would drive another 25,000 miles if he had to.

“It’s real simple: The doctors gave me three months to live. Now I drive down here once a week and they gave me back my life,” Stover said.

Zaneis, OK (January 27, 2017) –Zaneis Public School District was honored for their efforts to improve health through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy School District Incentive Grant program.

To receive the $2,625.00 incentive grant, Zaneis put a variety of policies and strategies in place to promote health and wellness for students and staff.  The district will use grant funds to purchase PE equipment and provide staff development training.


Whitney Dinger, Public Information and Outreach Specialist

Whitney Dinger
Public Information Officer