Masons give targeted cancer research a timely boost
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, cancer—Minnesota’s leading cause of death—will affect half of us directly and the rest of us through people we know and love.
Minnesota Masonic Charities wants to change those odds by accelerating its support of promising research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota that explores precisely targeted approaches to cancer prevention and treatment.
Ten years ago—on April 10, 2008—Minnesota Masonic Charities signed a historic gift commitment of $65 million to the University of Minnesota for cancer research, and the U named the Masonic Cancer Center in the organization’s honor. Since making that pledge—the largest ever made to the U of M—Minnesota Masonic Charities has provided a steady stream of annual funding to the Masonic Cancer Center, allowing its 500-plus member scientists to keep their leading-edge research on track.
Now, impressed by scientific progress made over the last decade and intrigued by the potential of what’s known as precision medicine, Minnesota Masonic Charities has accelerated its pledge payments and will provide an influx of $25 million for the Masonic Cancer Center to use over the next two years.
“This critical and timely funding boost will allow Masonic Cancer Center members to pursue research into a person’s individual risk of cancer, develop precision therapies for cancer treatment, create new tools to study cancer, and recruit the best minds in science to get the job done,” says Masonic Cancer Center director Douglas Yee.