The endowment will support outreach, professional education, staff development, and membership services offered through MCA, a network of hospitals, cancer centers, and research facilities across Kansas and western Missouri linking member hospitals, medical professionals, and their patients with the KU Cancer Center. In recognition of the gift, the alliance will be renamed the Masonic Cancer Alliance.
"The endowment is great news for our members," said MCA executive director Hope Krebill. "Thanks to the support of the Kansas Masons, members will have access to even more clinical trial and continuing education resources, programs, and services."
The gift will also assist the KU Cancer Center in its pursuit of the National Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Cancer Center designation. The highest recognition for an academic cancer center, the designation would open doors to additional research funding and related economic benefits and jobs. The latest gift from the foundation brings its support for the cancer center to more than $30 million.
"For over forty years the Kansas Masons have supported the efforts of the KU Cancer Center," said Michael Tavares, president of the Kansas Masonic Foundation. "We are excited to continue this partnership and to stand beside the center as it works to become a comprehensive cancer center."