Cancer Has Met Its Match Campaign Comes to a Close: Countless programs and services benefit from generosity of community
When Banner Health announced plans to build a world-class cancer center, they knew support from the community would be essential to their success. As the project moved forward in partnership with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, planning also began for a $20 million campaign called Cancer Has Met Its Match.
Numerous business and community leaders were identified to lead the campaign, including Richard Adkerson, president and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold as chair. Steve Rizley, senior vice president of Cox Communication and Kari Yatkowski, founder of Corporate Citizen signed on as co-chairs.
In May 2010, Arizona Cardinal’s star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald agreed to serve as honorary chair of the campaign. Larry’s passion for cancer prevention, treatment and research was evident as he participated in numerous events to advocate on behalf of cancer center.
Fundraising efforts moved swiftly. Early gifts of $1 million and $5 million were received before the campaign officially launched in January 2011. By the time Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center opened its doors on September 26, 2011; countless community members had already made generous donations to fund education and outreach activities, patient support programs, the latest technology and more.
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center will have a profound impact on the 26,000 Arizonans diagnosed with cancer each year - assuring the very best comprehensive cancer care and prevention education will be available right here in Arizona. Recognizing this potential, more than 1,500 individuals, corporations and foundations supported the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign.
Particularly notable gifts allowed for the establishment of the Pearce Family Trust Diagnostic Imaging Center, the James M. Cox Foundation Center for Cancer Prevention and Integrative Oncology and the recently renamed Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Lantern of Hope.
Thank you to everyone who supported Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.