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Because of the generosity and support from our donors, the University of Colorado Cancer Center can discover, develop and deliver breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment and prevention that improve cancer care locally, nationally and globally. Read why individuals, patients and families decided to support the CU Cancer Center.

Sandy Saffer 

Paul's story

Colorado Senator. Tamale maker. Education Activist. Denver icon. Paul Sandoval is known by many names in Colorado. In 2012 Sandoval lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. His untimely death at 67 touched thou­sands across the state and nation. Now his wife Paula, along with friends and other members of the Sandoval family are helping to fund gradu­ate students at the University of Colorado Cancer Center working to better understand the disease and discover better treatments.

Read about Senator Sandoval's inspirational story

Rocky Mountain Italian Golf Association 

In it together; Cherry Creek High School gives back

No matter their age, parents and students in Cherry Creek are organizing to support a cause that brought them together twice in a six-month span— Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Read about Cherry Creek's amazing event

Morgan Adams Foundation 

Behind the events

At the University of Colorado Cancer Center the word “donation” goes far beyond money. For Gary Kortz and his wife Kathy Odle-Kortz “donation” means participation or pitching in to organize Cancer Center events – it’s been their passion for more than a decade. 

Read about Kathy and Gary's dedication to the cancer center

Cancer League of Colorado, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

Donated tablets helps fight boredom

Gordon Gamm knows the hours patients spend at CU Cancer Center. He was a patient himself – having survived stage 4 colon cancer that spread to his liver and lungs. From blood work to chemotherapy, patients can easily log an 8-hour “workday” in one visit. While books and magazine easily pass an hour or two, boredom quickly sets in by hours three and four. Recognizing that patients needed a way to pass the time, Gordon made a donation to CU Cancer Center to purchase 10 Kindle Fire tablets.

Read about the goal to eliminate boredom

Don and Mary Lee Beauregard, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

Shana Saint Phard makes lemonade out of lemons

At 9 years old most children don’t think about cancer. Shana Saint-Phard, however, is not like most children her age. The third-grader has been raising money for breast cancer research by selling lemonade in her homemade stand.

Read Shana's story


Endowed chair established for breast cancer research

Please join us in celebrating the establishment of the Robert F. and Patricia Young Connor Endowed Chair in Young Women’s Breast Cancer Research in the Division of Oncology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, made possible with generous commitments totaling $1.5 million from Patricia Anne Connor and the John J. Connor & Irene A. Connor Family Foundation. With their support, we are able to provide valuable resources for one of the world’s foremost experts in young women’s breast cancer and to improve outcomes for countless patients and families.

Read about the endowed chair

Rahool and Kuntal Vora, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

Rahool and Kuntal Vora

Naren Vora thought golf was a dumb game. But if he could experience the good his sons, Rahool and Kuntal, have done with a golf tournament, he might change his mind.

Read Rahool and Kuntal's Story

Margaret and David Grohne, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

Margaret and David Grohne

Margaret Grohne knows firsthand the importance of mitigating, preventing and eradicating cancer. She is a breast cancer survivor. Margaret and her husband David have been long-time supporters of the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Read Margaret and David's Story

Peggy Epand, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

Peggy Epand

When Peggy Epand's first husband, Herbert Crane, was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer in 1988, the couple traveled the world looking for the best possible treatments. 

Read Peggy's Story

The Burge Family, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

The Burge Family

Christine Burge was the epitome of health. An avid tennis player, she was active in tournaments in her hometown of Fort Collins, Colo. Yet in July 2004, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, as a non-smoker.

Read the Burge's Story

Thelissa Zollinger, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

Thelissa Zollinger

As Gary Zollinger sat in his bed at University of Colorado Hospital in May 2006, he said to his wife Thelissa, "Honey, we are going to do something about this. We are going to make a difference. This disease has gone too far with no early diagnosis test. From this, a 5k race was born.

Read Thelissa's Story

Thelissa Zollinger, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

An instant click

Today, love stories can seem reserved for romantic comedies or sappy daytime dramas. That is, until you meet Morton and Sandra Saffer. Their story is one for the movies—even after Mort, a West Point graduate, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1997, Sandra says their story was straight out of An Officer and a Gentleman. During groundbreaking treatments at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Mort became one of the oldest recipients of a bone marrow transplant at the time and through it all, Sandy stood by his side.

Read Morton and Sandra’s story

Thelissa Zollinger, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

A legacy of giving and golf

On Al Carmosino’s trips to Italy, he tours prosciutto, cheese and balsamic vinegar factories rather than churches. To him, that same aesthetic is an important part of his yearly golf tournament that raises money for CU Cancer Center.

Read Carmosino's story

Thelissa Zollinger, University of Colorado Cancer Center 

Gary Reece and the Cancer League of Colorado

Gary Reece is no stranger to philanthropy. Barbara, his wife of 37 years, spent her career as a professional philanthropist for many Denver nonprofits. His former boss also donated to multiple causes and encouraged his employees to do the same.

Read Gary's story