Massey meets Cabell Challenge with $2.5 million
In November 2010, the Cabell Foundation made a challenge grant to VCU Massey Cancer Center, agreeing to a gift of $750,000 toward the cancer center’s floors in the School of Medicine’s new James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center if Massey raised twice that amount in private funds by June 30, 2012. Nearly two months ahead of schedule, Massey met that challenge.
To date, nearly $2.5 million in philanthropic funds has been raised to support the portions of the 200,000-square-foot academic medical education and cancer research facility designated for Massey. Floors 11 and 12 of the 12-story building — Massey’s Research Pavilion — will provide 29,000 square feet of dedicated space for researchers and will be the hub of research for hematology and oncology, clinical trials, radiation physics, and cancer prevention and control. Each floor will be appointed with a suite of research offices and conference rooms.
In addition, the shared resource laboratory will house structural biology and research testing equipment that will support multiple research projects aimed at defining precise structures of large molecules and complexes that are critical in cancer cells.
“The McGlothlin Medical Education Center will allow Massey’s faculty to foster robust, collaborative research endeavors that will no doubt result in exciting progress toward our mission,” said Dr. Gordon Ginder, director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center. “As always, we are incredibly fortunate to have a community of donors that understands the long-term payoff for investing in this resource.”