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Cancer Programs

When you support cancer research at the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, you provide UCI physician-scientists with the necessary resources to pursue innovative projects with the potential to improve the lives of cancer patients in Orange County and beyond.  

Patients like Michelle Helm have experienced firsthand the impact of these advanced cancer therapies.

Helm's lung cancer journey was filled with misdiagnoses until she found UCI Health specialists who offered hope. Genetic mutations are common in lung cancers, especially among nonsmoking patients like Helm.

Through advanced precision medicine approaches and surgical expertise, physicians at the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center were able to implement a successful treatment option for Helm's specific gene mutation.

Lung cancer may still be the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths, but the prognosis for patients is “changing before our eyes,” says Dr. Ali Mahtabifard, director of thoracic surgery at UCI Health and a member of the lung cancer team. He recalls being able to do little for patients with advanced lung cancer when undergoing fellowship training in thoracic surgery less than 20 years ago.

“These immunotherapies are making a lot of these patients with advanced stage disease live long and fulfilling lives.” 

Today, Helm is cancer free and looks forward to giving back by participating in the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge, the cancer center’s annual community ride, run and walk event dedicated to raising funds for critical cancer research.

Your gift today can help fund groundbreaking cancer research to make second chances possible for patients like Helm. Every dollar you give supports pilot projects and early phase clinical trials aimed to develop new insights into cancer prevention, treatment and cures — to save lives.

Cancer Programs Donor Map
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 15
2 NV 3
3 MA 1
Last But Not Least!
Congratulations to Tse-Wen Chen, a current student, whose gift to Solar Car Engineering Student Group won the Last But Not Least Challenge! With your gift Tse-Wen, $1000 in bonus funds will be awarded to Solar Car Engineering, thanks to the generous support of UCI Foundation trustees Gary and Melanie Singer!
Parent Power Hour 25 gift Challenge
Power Hour? How about a power 15-minutes?! Congratulations to our UCI Parent and Family community for coming together in record time to unlock $10,000 in support for Campus Organizations and Volunteer Programs! Keep the momentum going and support some of our outstanding matches and challenges below!
25 / 25 Gifts
1965 Challenge
Congratulations to Hilary Lapks! Your gift to Men's Volleyball just unlocked $1,965 in bonus funds for the program!
1,965 / 1,965 Gifts
Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Darcy Wilson-Jones (LGBT Resource Center), Katy Young (School of the Arts/Dance), Charlton Lee (Social Sciences Student Awards) and Rick Emerling (UCI Retirees Association Scholarships), for winning our Early Bird Challenge! $500 in bonus funds will be added to each of these funds in your honor!
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