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These stories illustrate how giving affects the work being conducted by UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care to enhance the health and well-being of our local and global communities.
In June 2013, the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) Clinic, a joint effort of UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, was launched. The first-ever interdisciplinary autism disorder clinic in Metro West and Central Massachusetts, the CANDO Clinic is a single point of entry that provides timely, comprehensive evaluations and short-term treatment services. Philanthropic support for the clinic has come from several sources. Read more.
Personalized cancer treatment—therapy tailored to the unique genetic makeup of an individual’s tumor—is arguably the holy grail of cancer research today. Thanks to the generosity of a donor couple, UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School are on the forefront of this quest with a project aimed at finding better treatments for colorectal cancers. Read more.
The annual Bullfinchs Rubber Duck Race, which raises funds for the Child Life Program at the UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, marked its 10th anniversary in 2013—a decade of support that grew out of one family's gratitude for the care their child received. Read more.
As the final hours of 2013 came to a close, supporters of the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk found an extra reason to celebrate. On Dec. 31, 2013, Walk organizers proudly announced that individuals, fundraising teams and corporate sponsors had collectively raised $510,000 for the 15th annual event. Read more.
"Incredible" is ho neonatologist Alan Picarillo, MD, describes the partnership between 11 of the region's Rotary clubs and UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center that enabled the purchase of 30 webcams for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which cares for critically ill newborns. Read more.
The UMass Medical School (UMMS) Sidekicks program, which helps medical students to build relationships with pediatric patients that prepare them to become more empathic physicians, got a boost from two notable charity foundations in October 2013: the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which awarded the program a $10,000 grant, and the Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin Robbins Community Foundation, which awarded the program a $7,500 grant. Read more (includes video).
The Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Program, which is housed in the Albert Sherman Center at UMass Medical School, was established around the promise that lies within the application of using human stem cells for regenerative therapeutics. That promise is being supported by the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation, which made a gift of $4.6 million to fund research space for Louis Messina, MD, who heads the program—bringing the foundation’s historic support of the academic health sciences system to more than $17 million. Read more.
The Cake Boss, Worcester-area college students and altruistic Boston Marathon runners all raised money in 2013 to support the Champion Fund. Read more.
Whether they skated, dribbled, volleyed, passed or lifted, student athletes at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester found innumerable ways during the 2012-2013 academic year to support the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center. Through a variety of fundraising efforts, Holy Cross Crusaders raised more than $20,000... Read more.
Fitchburg pediatrician John McLaughlin, MD, knows how to make things happen. In 2002, he launched the Links to the Future Golf Tournament to raise funds for the UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center. Since then, this annual event has netted $75,000 to help support a variety of projects that make a big difference to young hospitalized patients, their families and caregivers. Read more.
Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor and interim chair of cell and developmental biology, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Charles H. Hood Foundation to investigate the use of chromosomal therapy as a means of inactivating the extra copy of chromosome 21 responsible for disease pathologies in mouse models of Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21. Dr. Lawrence was one of two scientists chosen to receive the foundation’s first Major Grant Initiative to Advance Child Health. Read more.
On Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, members of the Central Massachusetts community gathered in the Albert Sherman Center at UMass Medical School in Worcester to raise funds in support of the lifesaving mission of the academic medical center formed by UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Read more (includes photos and video).
A family gives back after beating cancer - October 2013
Honoring a life cut short by breast cancer - March 2013
Cutlers endow biomedical research chair - December 2012