Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

From the director

Dear Friends,

If there is one thing that is not lacking in my combined roles of director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, researcher and physician, it is opportunity to feel humbled. In fact, it happens quite regularly—during my interactions with my patients, or when I exchange knowledge with fellow researchers across the country, or when I am faced with the seemingly endless potential for suffering to be caused by molecular flaws in the human body.

Each year, I welcome the humbling experience of sharing this report with you. While summarizing how extraordinary generosity on your part has enabled a year’s worth of discovery, progress and innovation at Massey is not easy, there is nothing more gratifying.

Last year at this time, we publicly launched the Research for Life Campaign, Massey’s $100 million campaign to fund the people, programs and places that will launch us to the next level in the fight against cancer and help achieve our goal of obtaining “Comprehensive” designation by the National Cancer Institute. We asked for your partnership and you responded with great energy and inspiring confidence in our mission.

As a result, I have the pleasure of sharing a Philanthropic Review that is truly a testimony to the ability of personal investment to make a difference. The stories that follow highlight notable progress in the specific priorities identified in our strategic plan and provide concrete examples of how, together, we are advancing our mission of eradicating death and suffering caused by cancer. I hope that as you read this report, you share not only my pride in our collective contribution to this most important endeavor, but you also know how humbled I am to earn your support and your steadfast belief in the importance of Research for Life.