Jellison Family Foundation awards $25 million for cancer institute

Jellison Family Foundation awards $25 million for cancer institute

Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, has announced a $25 million gift from the Brian and Sheila Jellison Family Foundation in support of a new Cancer Institute.

The lead gift in a $75 million fundraising campaign will help provide cancer patients in the region with access to the latest cancer treatments and clinical trials, as well as  specialized oncology physicians, care coordinators, and patient navigators. In recognition of the gift, the institute will be named the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute in memory of the former CEO and chairman of Roper Technologies, who died in 2018.

"Everyone should be able to get the best cancer care without having to leave home....We feel so lucky to be able to help SMH bring that care home to Sarasota," said Sheila Jellison, who serves as president of the family foundation. 

"Cancer treatment may involve chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, but cancer care is much more than that," said Richard Brown, who led Brian Jellison's cancer care and now serves as medical director of the Jellison Cancer Institute. "It's the people and programs supporting and guiding patients through the significant challenges of their cancer experience. The gift from the Jellison Family Foundation will help us ensure local patients receive the compassionate, comprehensive care they deserve."