Climb 4 Kidney Cancer Scholars

In 2018 your donations funded four Climb 4 Kidney Cancer Scholarships!

Meet the C4KC scholars below.

Paul Blake

Paul grew up in Minneapolis and got interested in medicine because of his mother, who is a doctor. As a medical student, he got involved in an interesting project with Dr. Christopher Weight at the University of Minnesota on using augmented human intelligence/machine learning to correctly identify kidney cancer automatically on a CT scan.

This research has the potential to provide physicians with a valuable tool when assessing kidney cancers, and result in more informed decision making that ultimately benefits the patient.  Some of his work was presented at the prestigious European Association of Urology 2019 Annual Meeting and won “Best Poster of the Kidney Cancer Imaging Session 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Paul expressed gratitude for the C4KC donors and said that “Much of the work we have done would not be possible without the contributions from donors.”

For fun, Paul likes to exercise and get outside with his dogs.



Joel Rosenberg

Hailing from Lino Lakes, MN, Joel has traveled the world. He attended University of Wisconsin-Madison to major in Biology and obtained a minor in Global Health. He took a year off after college to help develop a community health program in Uganda, where he taught women and children how to make soap. He then spent 6 months backpacking in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, before returning to Minnesota to start his career in medicine at the University of Minnesota.

He was inspired by the passion of experts like Dr. Weight in seeking new ways to cure kidney cancer. He got involved in the machine learning project (mentioned above) and hopes that with the large amount of data that the team is gathering, the computer program will be able to make predictions on how the cancer will behave, the best surgical approach for this cancer, and how to manage the cancer long-term.

Joel also created surgical videos that have been presented at national and international meetings detailing unique surgical approaches for kidney cancer.

Joel has a busy life as a medical student, but C4KC funding allowed him to work over the summer and commit his full time and energy into this project.” In his words, “I want to thank all of the donors for their gratitude, and I want them to know their donations are well worth it. They are helping maximize the survival of patients with kidney cancer and helping jumpstart the career of medical students who want to spend their career fight this cancer.”



Keenan Moore

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Keenan is an undergraduate student at and the Carleton College and a part of the college baseball team.

As a pre-medicine student, he had reached out to Dr. Weight and was offered the opportunity to get involved in the exciting research on automation of CT-nephrometry scores. He likes oncology because it allows him to contribute to work that has a potential to save lives.

Keenan says that the C4KC funding allowed him to focus more fully on the research without worrying about supporting himself with a second job.

He expressed a deep sense of gratitude to the C4KC donors, without whom, he may not have been able to participate in this research.


Heather Kaluzniak

Heather grew up in Plymouth, MN. Her “grandpa” is a family physician and was her source of inspiration and interest in medicine growing up.

Heather finds kidneys interesting because they work to maintain homeostasis. She worked on the nephrometry project with the other C4KC scholars and is proud of what the team has achieved. She hopes that the research “will be able to give patients a little more insight into their disease and their options.”

Now a stellar medical student at University of North Dakota, Heather extends her thanks to the C4KC donors, as their contributions allowed the University of Minnesota to provide financial support necessary for her to be fully involved and commit the time that she did.


This page was contributed by C4KC board member Dr. Arpit Rao