KU Cancer Center division gets $5 million gift from Kansas Masons

The Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach division of Kansas University’s Cancer Center, has received a $5 million gift commitment from the Kansas Masons.

The permanent endowment announced last week will provide funds for outreach, professional education, staff development and membership support for the Midwest Cancer Alliance, a network of hospitals, cancer centers and research facilities. In recognition of the gift, the division will change its name to the Masonic Cancer Alliance. In addition to the $5 million gift commitment, the Kansas Masonic Foundation has donated more than $25 million over the years in support of KU Cancer Center.

“The Kansas Masons have stepped up, once again, to support the advances in cancer research and education that are critical components of our quest for Comprehensive Cancer Center designation with NCI,” said Roy Jensen, KU Cancer Center director and CEO of MCA.

The MCA celebrated the announcement at its annual meeting April 1 in Overland Park, where member professionals from across the region gathered to network and share the latest information on oncology research and treatment.

“The endowment is great news for our members,” said MCA Executive Director Hope Krebill. “Thanks to the support of the Kansas Masons, members will have access to even more clinical trial and continuing education resources, programs and services.”