Impact of Giving

At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we have many stories to tell stories of hope, discovery and courage, promise and perseverance, generosity and compassion. Your caring support of the Medical Center makes these stories possible.


ResearchKleberg Foundation grant supports Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center cancer drug discovery project
The San Antonio, Texas-based Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation has awarded Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center a grant for researchers to pursue the development of new compounds to block the activity of cancer-causing genes and proteins that had previously been considered undruggable.

CSCF CheckChicken Salad Chick Foundation gift to support Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center research
Chicken Salad Chick Foundation founding board members Stacy Brown and Betty and Earlon McWhorter presented a $200,000 check to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) to support cancer research. Among other initiatives, the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation was proud to host Music and Miracles Superfest, the first major stadium concert in Jordan-Hares 75-year history, held on April 23 in Auburn, Alabama.

The Band Perry_Teen Cancer AmericaTeen Cancer America and Children's Hospital launch joint effort to raise $1 million for teen and young adult cancer care
Teen Cancer America U.S. Ambassadors and country music sibling trio The Band Perry are kicking off a fundraising effort to expand the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer program in Nashville.

Seacrest Studio OpeningSeacrest Studio opens at Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
With the help of surprise guest Taylor Swift, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation recently opened its 10th Seacrest Studio inside Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. See footage from the special grand opening here.

Ed Gleason They saved my eyesight, and maybe my life

In 2015, to mark National Doctors Day, Ed Gleason of Estill Springs, Tennessee, was one of many patients who have chosen to give to the Medical Center in honor of physicians whose work has changed their lives. Read Ed's story here.

Karen Kendrick-Baker Trust, upon trust, upon trust
When I thought about the thing that most impacts my life, I thought of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dr. Shubhada Jagasia, Karen Kendrick-Baker, a grateful patient said of her experience. Read more about how the Medical Center has made a difference in the lives of Karen and her husband, Jerry.

Kathy LeiserVanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center trial saves woman's life

Many people diagnosed with cancer ask, "Why me?" Kathy Leiser asks herself, "What if?" Read about Kathy's life-saving experience at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center here.

Michael HackettGrateful patient's gifts inspire 'gratitude, sense of validation'
Dr. Michael Fowler told Michael Hackett, a type 2 diabetic patient at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he should take care of his diabetes, "or it will take care of you." Hackett is now giving back in honor of his care he received at the Medical Center through annual contributions. Read more here.