West Cancer Center is fighting the war on cancer – but there is much more work to do. With your help, we will ensure that cancer patients have access to the most cutting-edge research and effective therapies possible.

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A Hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to preserve and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. – Christopher Reeve

In grateful recognition of the individuals and organizations whose dedication and generosity fuel the advancement of knowledge, nourish the discoveries of tomorrow, and support the lives of our patients and their loved ones.

We at The University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research wish to recognize those generous donors:


Collaborators – $10,000+

  • Amgen
  • Astellas Pharma, Inc.
  • Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Breast Cancer Eradication Initiative, Inc.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
  • Wayne Brafford and Family
  • Thomas and Jeannene Cathey
  • Chuck Hutton Toyota
  • Courage Thru Cancer, Inc.
  • DeAngelo Williams Foundation
  • Gastro One
  • Genomic Health, Inc.
  • Ebert-LeBlanc Family Foundation
  • Sheril and Micah Greenstein
  • Health Choice
  • Ethele and Ernie Hilliard
  • Independent Bank
  • International Paper Foundation
  • IPS Corporation
  • Janssen
  • Jim Keras Subaru
  • Kendra Scott, LLC
  • Marx-Bensdorf
  • Lisa and Chris McLean
  • Medivation Field Solutions, Inc.
  • MFFA Foundation
  • NexAir
  • Pitchfork Farm
  • Raymond James
  • Regency Homebuilders
  • Melanie and Mark Reed
  • S/G Electronics, Inc.
  • Leighanne and Jack Soden
  • The Assisi Foundation of Memphis
  • Walgreens
  • Sarah and Trey Watkins
  • Robert A. and Susan C. Wilson Foundation
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Pioneers – $25,000+

  • Donna and Bob Abney
  • Suzanne and Scott Baum
  • Caris Life Sciences
  • Celgene
  • Incyte Corporation
  • Lilly
  • Lisa and Seth Kaufman
  • Millennium
  • Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.
  • Janice and Charles Pazar
  • Helena and Daniel Powell
  • Rosenblum & Reisman, P.C.
  • SunTrust Bank, Memphis
  • Rebecca and Michael Ugwueke
  • Grace and Frank Uhlhorn
  • Lindi and Ari VanderWalde

Fighters – $50,000+ 

  • American Cancer Society
  • Argent Trust
  • Armstrong Relocation Company
  • Duncan-Williams, Inc.
  • Genentech
  • Susan and Richard Faber
  • Karen Fields Isaacman and Ken Isaacman
  • Marla and Erich Mounce
  • Sri Suganda and Joseph Santoso
  • Glenda and Gary Shorb
  • Linda Smiley
  • Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth
  • Kate and Pravi Thakkar
  • Tillmanns Family Trust
  • Ann and Jim Vining
  • Robin and Tom Watson

Champions – $100,000+ 

  • Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
  • Axess Oncology, Inc.
  • Nancy and Ed Barnett
  • Emily and Stephen Besh
  • Marian and Michael Bruns
  • Amy and Jason Chandler
  • Moon and Joshua Fenton
  • Sonia Benn and Lester Ferdinand
  • Penny and Jim Keras
  • Gloria and Doug Marchant
  • Sarah Ranson and Mike Martin
  • Robyn and Arnel Pallera
  • Lisa Usdan and David Portnoy
  • Patrice and Jarvis Reed
  • Sylvia and Steven Richey
  • Susan and Tom Stephenson
  • Elaine Wang and Gary Tian
  • WINGS Cancer Foundation

Navigators – $150,000+ 

  • Highland Capital Management, LLC
  • Caitlin and Jason Motte
  • Shayna and Brad Somer
  • Anita and Kurt Tauer
  • Sally and David Tillmanns
  • Adrianne and Todd Tillmanns
  • Benton M. Wheeler
  • Eileen and Steve Wishnia

Investigators – $250,000+ 

  • Lee S. Schwartzberg
  • Mary and Jeff Simpson

Catalysts – $500,000+ 

  • Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation
  • Carole and Bill West

Innovation – $1,000,000+ 

  • Betty and Jack Moore

Precision – $2,500,000+ 

  • Plough Foundation

Why We Give

Our generous donors are all from different walks of life. Some have personally been touched by cancer, others know someone who has. Still others feel compelled to do what they can to promote the science and research behind finding a cure. What unites them all is a common vision and dedication to do what they can to eradicate cancer for good. To find out more about our generous benefactors, click the link below.

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