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Thank you for choosing to support the University of Illinois Cancer Center.

You will find fund descriptions below under Where to Give.

After confirming the amount of your donation, you will be forwarded to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure online giving site to complete your transaction. All donations to the University of Illinois Cancer Center are processed and receipted through the University of Illinois Foundation

The University of Illinois Foundation is an independent Illinois not-for-profit corporation and the official fundraising and private gift-receiving agency for the University of Illinois. All gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. EIN: 37-6006007.


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Please enter the amount of the contribution you wish to make below. You will then be directed to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure Online Giving site for your personal and credit card information.

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Where to Give

When you give to the University of Illinois Cancer Center, you can make an impact in your own way by donating to a specific fund.

Cancer Center Unrestricted Fund

Make a gift to support innovative discovery and provide immediate support of our most critical needs.

Cancer Center Research Fund 

Gifts in support of research enhance dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary cancer research focusing on University of Illinois Cancer Center priority areas, and allow for the advancement and expansion of scientific findings that impact the population we serve. Our researchers and physician-scientists make a significant impact in the field of basic, clinical and translational, and population-based cancer research, stimulating a high return on investment.

Gifts in support of research may also be designated toward a specific cancer type, a particular researcher, or to support our Cancer Health Equity research. Existing research funds include:

  • Brain Cancer Research Fund
  • Breast Cancer Research Fund
  • Experimental Cancer Therapeutics Research Fund
  • Lung Cancer Research Fund
  • Melanoma Research Fund
  • Oncology Graft Versus Host Disease Research Fund

Clinical Trials Fund 

Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches will work in the patient population. Each trial answers scientific questions and seeks to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. Investigator-initiated clinical trials are expensive and can cost in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars range. With philanthropic support, the University of Illinois Cancer Center aims to open more clinical trials, increase the number of patients who choose to participate, and successfully test the value of new treatments so that they can ultimately benefit more people. 

University of Illinois Cancer Center Community Engagement and Health Equity Fund 

From critical prevention measures, such as early screening, detection, and education, to survivorship support of cancer patients and their families, University of Illinois Cancer Center’s outreach programs are key to securing the long-term health and well-being of the community it serves. Using an integrated population health and health disparities framework, the University of Illinois Cancer Center Community Engagement and Health Equity Office (CEHE) works to decrease cancer burden and increase access across the cancer care continuum. Philanthropic funding is critical to the success of our community programming.

Richard B. Warnecke, PhD Fellowship Fund

To support outstanding post-graduate fellows at the University of Illinois Cancer Center with preference given to research in the area of cancer health disparities.

Dr. Gary D. Kruh Endowment Fund

To pay expenses related to the medical treatment of uninsured and underinsured medical patients who are at high risk for breast cancer and who are under the care of physicians of the University of Illinois Cancer Center.

Angeliki Vallianatos Memorial Endowment Fund

To support research on adult acute myeloid leukemia.

Carl H. and Billie M. Frese Medical Research Endowment Fund

To support University of Illinois Cancer Center research.

Frank J Jirka Jr MD Endowment Fund

To support research focused toward the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.


Host a Fundraiser to Benefit the Cancer Center

Every donation to the University of Illinois Cancer Center makes a difference. Third party events are especially meaningful as they can be tailored to have the impact that is most important to you and your loved ones. Whether it’s a walk, run, bake sale, no event is too large or too small. Please fill out this form: Host a Fundraiser to benefit the Cancer Center and email to our Special Events coordinator cancerfundraise@uic.edu.


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