The Grant-A-Starr Foundation (GASF) brings awareness and vital research funding dedicated to pediatric diagnostic testing. Newer and faster diagnostic technologies can save children’s lives by reducing the critical time required to identify an illness, so treatment can begin. In 2005, Rod and Dolores Starr lost their seven-year-old son, Grant, to a deadly undiagnosed infectious disease. Had rapid and accurate diagnostic testing been available, Grant’s life might have been saved. Over the past 11 years, the foundation has supported key research projects at Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, which have produced advancements in the diagnosis of meningitis, H1N1 virus, and other infectious diseases. The annual Fun Run Family – with the help of our generous sponsors, City Council, FBISD, students and volunteers – has contributed to GASF raising over $1.2 million since its inception, with 100% of donations funding life-saving research.