About the Foundation
The MacKay Foundation for Cancer Research was established in December, 2003. The foundation holds events benefiting cancer research and education at WFU School of Medicine, Section on Hematology and Oncology. Our mission statement: It is our sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of our family, friends and coworkers who have been touched by cancer.
My husband, Bob, died in 1993 after a three year battle with leukemia; he underwent an autologous bone marrow transplant in 1991. The day he died, I asked David Hurd, M.D., Director of the Blood and Marrowset up Transplant Program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, if we could establish a Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Fund in Bob's memory. This fund would be supported from the proceeds of the Bob MacKay Memorial Golf Tournament which was first held in May, 1994. The Medical Center later established an endowed fund known as the Bob MacKay Memorial Endowment Fund supporting BMT Research.
Since our first tournament in 1994, the tournament has raised over $950,000 for research. I was invited to serve on the Regional Advisory Board of the Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1996 and have enjoyed learning about all the wonderful and exciting research being done at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Several oncologists approached me in 2003 asking if I would consider raising money to support research for other cancers and it is at this time that I decided to form the MacKay Foundation for Cancer Research. It is our "dream" that the proceeds of the events and charitable gifts will ensure that important research will continue and new research projects will have the seed funding to move forward.
Read letters and articles from WFUSM Physicians on the research supported by the MacKay Foundation for Cancer Research