Fundraising for Cancer Research
Research Facility Tours
MCC Tailgate and Open House
AWARENESS: Fundraising for Cancer Research

The Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund partnered with the Minnesota Football Coaches Association to challenge every high school football team to sponsor a “Tackle Cancer” night. On these nights, fans attending the game can make donations towards funding cancer research and together "tackle cancer". This December 1st, our associate director, Christopher Pennell, Ph.D., was invited to speak at the All-Star Volunteer Event at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, leading up to the All-Star Football Game on December 3rd at US Bank Stadium. Money raised goes to cancer research and patient aid in Minnesota through the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. Thank you to all who attended and donated! 

EDUCATION: High School Students Tour MCC Research Labs
High school students from the Hmong College Prep Academy enrolled in the HPCA Service Learning Class toured the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building on November 29th. Masonic Cancer Center researchers Mike Olin, Ph.D. and Katie Murphy, Ph.D. (a postdoc in Dr. Thomas Griffith's lab) shared their research discoveries and gave the students insight into what life as a research scientist is like. These students are hosting a Cancer Shootout Basketball Game on January 13th, 2017 to help raise money for the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, an organization which helps support research at the University of Minnesota and other local cancer charities.
PARTNERSHIP: MCC Tailgate and Open House
The Masonic Cancer Center hosted a Tailgate and Open House at the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building on Saturday, November 19th before the Minnesota Gophers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats in a 29-12 victory at TCF Bank Stadium! 

Guests were able to take tours of our state-of-the-art laboratories led by cancer center researchers, test their knowledge with our cancer quiz to win prizes, and pose for a selfie with Goldy Gopher! Delicious chili, snacks, and hot apple cider helped warm the guests as they learned about the groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research and care taking place right in the stadium's backyard.

Gopher Athletic Director Mark Coyle and Masonic Cancer Center Director Douglas Yee, M.D., spoke about the importance of the strong partnership and support between the athletic department and the cancer center. In his remarks, AD Coyle shared, "We are very thankful and have a great deal of respect for what you do [here at the cancer center] and the impact you have. We [the Gopher Athletic Department] are happy to do anything we can to increase that impact."
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