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Supporting Gavers Community Cancer Foundation

When you support the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation you are helping us in our mission to:


Raise cancer awareness through education and screenings by

  • Partnered with Family Health Partnership Clinic to ensure that everyone has access to early detection, regardless of their insurance status.
  • Funding to Northwestern Medicine to purchase advanced imaging technology for high-quality diagnostic images for dense breasts.
  • Over the years, GCCF has provided funding for 50 testicular cancer patients/survivors to attend the Testicular Cancer Foundation’s (TCF) annual summit by providing travel scholarships.
  • Funded shower card program for TCF with the goal of ensuring every man knows the warning signs of testicular cancer and the importance of a self-exam.

Improve cancer care for local residents by

  • Funding for the establishment of the Northwestern Medicine Gavers Breast Center in Crystal Lake.
  • Provided funds to purchase patient vans for Northwestern Medicine so everyone has a ride.
  • Provided funds for wigs, post-surgical camisoles and educational materials for Northwestern Medicine patients.

Raise funds for cancer research

  • Rush researcher Andrew Zloza, MD, PhD, is investigating how to treat some forms of breast cancer with an already easily accessible weapon — the FDA-approved flu shot.
  • Rush researchers Mia Levy, MD, PhD and Lisa Stempel, MD launched the Personalized Breast Cancer Risk Screening Project with a goal of creating a learning healthcare system model to develop and implement guidelines, analyze their impact, and refine them to continuously improve patient care.
  • Provided research funds to Lurie Children’s Hospital to study Diffuse Intrinsic Pontein Glioma (DIPG) brain tumors.

100% of event proceeds benefit key partnership agencies such as Northwestern Medicine, Rush University, Family Health Partnership Clinic, Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago and the Testicular Cancer Foundation.

Every penny counts and every effort matters, help us make a difference.