Philanthropy plays an important role in advancing the Cancer Center by providing necessary baseline support. This baseline support allows our investigators to achieve research results which positions the Cancer Center to gain extramural private and public funding.
Private philanthropy is used by the Cancer Center to provide seed funding awards to bright, new investigators for their start-up research projects. The seed funding grants allow researchers to develop baseline research results to position them competitively to receive National Institutes of Health or National Cancer Institute awards. Currently, seed fund grant recipients are receiving about $10 of competitive funding for every dollar of philanthropy invested.
The community also provides important recruitment funding needed to attract excellent faculty members and postdoctoral fellows to conduct research, provide care and implement community outreach and education. Recruitment funding allows the Cancer Center to recruit post-doctoral fellows and faculty to conduct research. Endowed professorships allow the Cancer Center to identify and develop programs around multi-disciplinary themes.
How Gifts are Used
Gifts to the Cancer Center support research and patient care. This statement is true, but does not paint a full picture of how contributions are put to important – often life-saving – work.
Only stories can show the full reach of the Cancer Center. Here is one such story.
Surviving Childhood Leukemia
Joe Romas was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Under the care of Cancer Center member Bruce Camitta, MD, Joe was treated at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin with a new chemotherapy regimen. Today, Joe is an officer in the U.S. Navy. Pediatric researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin are among the national leaders in developing therapy that has increased survival for children with ALL, contributing to an increase in the five-year survival rate to about 80 percent.
Support from philanthropic organizations such as the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund), which supports pediatric cancer research, as well as from many individual donors helps make this life-saving research and other studies possible.
MCW Cancer Center Giving Contact Information
Director of Development, MCW Cancer Center
(414) 955-4719 | Fax: (414) 955-6166