The John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation just earned a quarter million dollars as part of the Pepsi 'Refresh Everything' online contest.
Votes came from all over the country as the foundation did its part-- from rallying to Perry Square Friday to handing out 5,000 fliers in New York City a couple weeks ago.
Kanzius' invention uses radio waves to attack cancer cells without disturbing healthy cells.
Erie has been chosen as a phase two testing site for human trials, which are still a few years away.
Mrs. Kanzius calls the exposure the invention's recieved a team effort.
Still, she says her husband would be proud of the grassroots work that's been done to further his cause...but that he would say there's still plenty of work to be done.
"It is a cry from Americans who have cancer, and I think the caregivers of people who have cancer. I think they realize that there is a need and I think the Pepsi Refresh Contest is a way for people to say 'yes, I want a better way, and yes, I want John's dream to be a reality,'" she said on the phone Sunday.
"It's just been remarkable because I will get phone calls and emails from all over and part of it is because Erie's media has stood behind this."
Mrs. Kanzius also says her late husband was posthumously awarded the Sanibel, Florida Chamber of Commerce's Captiva Lifetime Achievement Award last week.
She believes a big part of that was his contribution to improving cancer treatment.