They started as neighbors, simultaneously battling breast cancer. While celebrating the five-year mark of being cancer free, Carolyn Fancher and Midge Wallace decided to give back by creating CancerCure, a group of concerned men and women whose goal was to raise funds for cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Since 1996, the group has raised more than $2 million.
Over the past 20 years, the members of CancerCure have funded early-stage faculty research, summer student fellowships and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment as well as helped to attract and retain top talent at the CU Cancer Center.
Edward and Karen Skaff
Edward (’59) and Karen (’92) Skaff are loyal supporters of CU and recently established the Skaff Endowed Scholarship at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Ed is grateful to the University of Colorado for the education he received, which contributed to his successful career in retail pharmacy.
Fulfilling a desire to give back and to help others achieve rewarding careers, the Edward and Karen Skaff Endowed Scholarship was established to help promising students with their financial needs in acquiring an education at the highly regarded CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Their hope is the Skaff Scholarship Fund will benefit generations of pharmacy students.
Don and Sue Fisher and the Fisher Family
Don and Sue Fisher, and the Fisher family, are ardent supporters of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center (RMADC). When Don’s brother, Bob, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the Fisher family knew that the RMADC was the best facility for his treatment. They were able to get Bob into the RMADC for treatment, but due to a heart problem, he wasn’t able to participate in the ongoing Leukine clinical trial.
Despite this news, the Fishers wanted to support this innovative work, with the hope that someday a drug like Leukine would be available to all people with Alzheimer’s disease. They hope their philanthropy at the RMADC will help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and help other families affected by this disease.