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Our Danny Cancer Fund

Dan Manning with LogoThe Our Danny Cancer Fund, named after Dottie and Dan Manning’s son, was established from a dream. Danny dreamed of the day when he would be cancer-free and able to resume his life as a 21-year-old. Education, marriage and children were all part of Danny’s dream that was left unfulfilled when he died in 1994. Just as the Mannings were recovering from their loss, Dottie’s husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died in 1997. Ironically, Danny and Dan Sr. might have survived their cancers if they were being treated today…because of cancer research!

The Our Danny Cancer Fundis rapidly advancing the translational cancer research underway at the UMass Medical Scohool Cancer Center. The Cancer Center’s focus is to better understand the biology of cancer in combination with the development of innovative and effective measures for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease, particularly in the following areas:

  • Women’s Health (including breast, ovarian and uterine cancers)
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers (gastric, colorectal and pancreatic)
  • Genitourinary Cancers (bladder, kidney and prostate)
  • Cancer Risk Behaviors
  • Developmental Therapeutics (gene therapy/experimental oncology)

Please continue to support the Our Danny Cancer Fund to accelerate cancer research. Let’s help make Danny’s dream and our dream – a cure for cancer – a reality.

You can make your gift conveniently through our secure online web page or you can mail your check, payable to UMMS, to the Office of Advancement.

For more information about our annual giving program, please contact Ashley Panzarino by email or 508-856-8550.