In 1978, Ben Roach and a dedicated group of volunteers began the planning and organization to build a cancer center at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Roach established what is now called the UK Markey Cancer Foundation in recognition of the late Calumet Farm owner and philanthropist Lucille Parker Markey, whose generosity has made a significant and enduring impact on the lives of Kentuckians. With tremendous support from Lexington's thoroughbred industry, along with other businesses, civic organizations and individual donors, funds were raised to build patient care facilities where thousands of patients have come to find hope and healing in their fight against cancer. Over the past 35 years the Markey Cancer Foundation has raised more than $75 million for facilities, research, treatment, education and patient support for UK's Markey Cancer Center.
Accomplishment: Markey Cancer Center NCI DesignationIn 2013, the Markey Cancer Center received NCI (National Cancer Institute) designation, ranking it among the Nation's elite Cancer Center's and enabling it to receive additional research funding and increased access to clinical trials for patients. The Markey Cancer Foundation continues to raise support for much needed research and recruitment funds to ensure that Markey maintains this important designation.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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