million gift from the Hayden family of Cincinnati will establish the Hayden
Family Endowed Chair for Cancer Research at the Cincinnati Cancer Center,
supporting efforts of CCC Director Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, and its members.
This fund, created by
John and Carrie Hayden, Joe (J.P. Hayden Jr.) and Lois, and Jay (Joseph P.
Hayden III) and Teresa, will be used to advance the CCC toward National Cancer
Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
centers are institutions dedicated to research in the development of more effective
approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The majority of cancer
centers with NCI designation are affiliated with university medical centers
that include the following in their mission:
- Research that spans laboratory science, clinical and population-based investigation.
- Clinical programs that offer patients the latest forms of treatment for a wide range of cancers and access to clinical trials.
- Training for scientists, physicians, surgeons and other professionals seeking specialized training or board certification in cancer-related disciplines.
- Public education and outreach about cancer prevention and screening, with special attention to the needs of underserved populations.
· "I am grateful for
the Hayden family’s generosity and vision,” says University of Cincinnati
President Santa Ono, PhD. "They truly understand the tremendous need for our
Cincinnati region to have a world-class Cincinnati Cancer Center and a National
Cancer Institute. The primary beneficiaries will be families throughout our
John Hayden, retired
president and CEO of the Midland Company, says an NCI-designated center in
Cincinnati is crucial both for patients and for the economic development of the
"We want our gift to
springboard NCI designation for the CCC and advance the cancer landscape in
Cincinnati,” he says.
"Our entire family
has been touched by cancer,” says Carrie, adding that she is a two-time cancer
survivor. "We understand the importance of being treated at an academic medical
center that supports research and the training of physicians in addition to
cutting-edge cancer treatments.
"It’s because of
research that we now know some of the major causes of cancer, have effective
preventive and diagnostic tests and have discovered some successful treatments;
however, there is much more to be done. Research and academic medicine have been
shown to improve outcomes for patients, and we have that strength at UC.”
John says there are
several reasons NCI designation for the CCC is important to him.
"It can have a
significant impact on saving and improving lives within and beyond our region,
and it will have a driving impact on our regional economy. It is unacceptable that
Cincinnati is the only city of its size that does not have an NCI-designated cancer
center,” he says.
"Our gift is designed
to enhance the opportunity for families to receive world-class care right here
in Cincinnati,” adds J.P., former chairman of the board of the Midland Company.
Ho, an established
researcher known for her work in prostate and breast cancer biomarkers, says the
hope is that UC physicians will one day be able to customize cancer care for
every patient, and with funding support like that provided by the Hayden family,
the hope will become a reality.
"I am so grateful to
the Hayden family and am honored to hold this chair in the Hayden family name,”
says Ho, who is also Jacob G. Schmidlapp Chair of Environmental Health and
professor at the UC College of Medicine. "With generous and important gifts
like this, we will be able to advance the center’s mission of excellence in
research with the goal of discovering better therapies and treatments for
"The impact from this
donation will be realized by CCC practitioners and patients for years to come,”
says Rod Grabowski, UC Foundation president and vice president for alumni relations.
"Generosity from donors such as the Haydens positions UC to better serve the
community through research, patient care and education.”
The University of
Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and UC Health make up
the Cincinnati Cancer Center—a joint effort designed to leverage the strengths
of all three organizations in order to provide the best possible cancer
diagnostics, research, treatment, and care for individuals in the Tristate
region and the nation. To learn more, visit cincinnaticancercenter.org.