While VCU Health is one of the top health systems in Virginia, where many of the most advanced surgeries, therapies and other treatments are available, it also is the state’s leader in caring for vulnerable populations. The health system sees more patients who are uninsured or covered through Medicaid than any other entity in the commonwealth.
This year, unlike any other in memory, has reminded us of the importance of gratitude, both as an act of hope and an acknowledgement of abundance during hardship.
Kathy and Wayne Funk have given generously to support VCU Massey Cancer Center. Their giving springs from a deep gratitude for the care Kathy received that saved her life and allowed her to enjoy time with a growing family of children and grandkids.
It was a joy this month to provide some good news about the resources in place to support Central Virginia healthcare today and in the future. Our annual endowment report, which outlines the performance of more than 1,700 endowed scholarships, professorships, research and program funds, showed encouraging growth and more scholarships available for aspiring physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, therapists and others.
One inspiring thing during the pandemic has been experiencing the generosity of neighbors, alumni, staff, friends and family of the MCV Campus at VCU Health who wanted to help the frontline healthcare workers and researchers in meeting the unique and evolving challenges of the time.
Deep connections to the MCV Campus are why twins recently designated VCU School of Nursing as a beneficiary in their wills. They said it only made sense to include the institution that was such a powerful force in their lives.
Philanthropic leadership has given Massey Cancer Centers’ immunotherapy research program a booster shot of more than $6.6 million to support immuno-oncology research, clinical trials and the recruitment and retention of talented physician-scientists.
Jason and Jamelle Paige, both of whom are MCV Campus alumni, have given in the past to the School of Dentistry where Jason is an alumnus. Recently, they have decided to support the physical therapy department at the College of Health Professions, which is where Jamelle is an alumna.
The 25 for 25 Health Equity & Justice Campaign launched in October to promote awareness and action around ending health disparities.
Tanya Scott once gave a discharged patient the coat off her back on a freezing night. Philanthropy is helping us say thank you to Tanya and all the care providers on the MCV Campus who treat patients like family.
The disruptions caused by COVID-19 meant many of the foundation’s in-person event plans had to be canceled in order to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep our friends safe.
The man who has inspired more than $250,000 to benefit ALS patient care, family support and research at VCU Health over the past three years now has a nonprofit of his own. So, get ready Central Virginia, here comes Team Quinn.