In 1996, cancer survivors Midge Wallace and Carolyn Fancher decided to make an impact against the disease. They started CancerCure, a group of concerned men and women whose goal is to raise funds for cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
CancerCure members have raised nearly $1.5 million through individual gifts. CancerCure funds have been designated as discretionary funds to be used where the director of the Cancer Center feels are the areas of research that are in greatest need of support. Its funding has contributed to seed pilot grants for young researchers, summer student cancer fellowships in dozens of research labs and faculty postgraduate fellowships. It has purchased critical research equipment, such as that for the Cancer Center’s DNA and genomic studies, funded a cancer cell biology student and helped support a special melanoma research group.
In 2012, CancerCure committed to establish, in partnership with CU Cancer Center Fund (formerly AMC Cancer Fund), the CancerCure/AMC Cancer Fund Chair for Prevention and Control. In looking at the future in cancer research, the Director of the Cancer Center, Dr. Dan Theodorescu, felt that our funds best support the Cancer Center’s research based on the study of behavioral and population science that seeks to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality, as well as improve the quality of life for cancer patients.
CancerCure embraces the opportunity to develop this future in cancer research for our children and their children. A chair preserves the legacy of our contributing members and raises CU Cancer Center’s status among the elite group of NCI designate cancer centers across the nation. We invite you to join us in this journey as we work together to fund the cure!