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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Meet Our Donors

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

Morton and Sandra Saffer

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 about Morton and Sandra's instant click

Rocky Mountain Italian Golf Association

Rocky Mountain Italian Golf Association

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 about the Rocky Mountain Italian Golf Association



In 1996, not wanting their children or grandchildren to have to go through cancer, Midge Wallace and Carolyn Fancher founded CancerCure, a membership group for donors interested in supporting cancer research at University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Read about CancerCure's funding over the years

Morgan Adams Foundation

The Morgan Adams Foundation

In 2003, Joan Slaughter and Steven Adams founded The Morgan Adams Foundation, which is dedicated to funding laboratory and clinical research in the area of pediatric cancer, specifically cancers of the brain and spine.

Read about the foundation's dedication to pediatric reserach

Cancer League of Colorado, University of Colorado Cancer Center

Gary Reece, Cancer League of Colorado

Since cancer has claimed the lives of several members of the Reece family, it was natural for the couple to join Cancer League of Colorado, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that has given more than $10 million to the Cancer Center since 1985.

Read Gary Reece and the Cancer League of Colorado's Story

Don and Mary Lee Beauregard, University of Colorado Cancer Center

Mary Lee and Don Beauregard

Mary Lee Beauregard hates cancer. Breast cancer took her mother at the age of 47, and throat cancer took her father at the age of 80. The Beauregard's commitment to funding cancer research began 30 years ago, when a serendipitous meeting with pioneering radiologist William Jobe, MD, led them to create the Nancy Gosselin Foundation.

Read Mary Lee and Don Beauregard's Story

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

Read more donor stories in C3 Magazine