Farmer Family Foundation donates $10 million to Cincinnati Cancer Center

The Farmer Family Foundation made a $10 million gift to support research and care through the Cincinnati Cancer Center, a collaboration of the University of Cincinnati, UC Health and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. With a focus on faculty recruitment and research, the gift will advance the center’s effort to achieve the National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center designation.

“Cancer touches all of us in some form, too often with devastating results,” said Scott D. Farmer, chairman and CEO of Cintas Corp. and a trustee with the foundation. “It’s imperative that we join this effort, and contribute how we can, to make both an immediate and long-term impact on the fight against cancer here in our community.”

“It’s imperative that we join this effort, and contribute how we can, to make both an immediate and long-term impact on the fight against cancer here in our community.” -Scott D. Farmer

In 2018, the American Cancer Society estimates more than 1.7 million new cancer cases will occur across the U.S. – with Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana accounting for more than 131,000.

“We face the daunting challenge of cancer in our community, and it will take all of us working together to achieve better outcomes,” said Dr. Richard Lofgren, president and CEO of UC Health.

The foundation’s gift will support state-of-the-art research technology while also attracting top faculty investigators to conduct research here.

“By bringing together expertise from a range of disciplines, we can further elevate the bench-to-bedside research, innovation and exceptional care that will make a difference for our patients,” said Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s.

Created in 2011, the Cancer Center links the basic science, clinical research and cancer care teams of UC Health, UC and Cincinnati Children’s. The center has launched a fundraising campaign for the research enhancements and multi-year application required for NCI designation.

“For us, NCI designation is about saving lives and raising Cincinnati to an elite national playing field of scientific innovation,” said UC President Neville G. Pinto. “It’s very meaningful to partner with Cincinnati families like the Farmers, and to have tangible support to help us reach the important goals we’re setting. This communitywide mission is what sets us apart across the country.”

The urgency of achieving NCI designation reflects the role of the current 69 NCI centers: In addition to receiving the bulk of federal funding for advanced research, NCI-designated centers draw the nation’s top scientific talent and provide surrounding communities with greater access to clinical trials.

“Through the Cincinnati Cancer Center, we see an opportunity to support advances in the science that will change cancer care for generations,” said Amy Farmer Joseph, trustee with the foundation. “It’s a very meaningful partnership for our family.”

Joining the CCC in leading the campaign is a team of 47 community volunteers, led by John Barrett, chairman, president and CEO of Western & Southern Financial Group; Eileen Barrett, community leader; John Hayden, president and CEO of CJH Consulting; and Carrie Hayden, community leader.

“I’m so pleased to celebrate this partnership with the Farmer Foundation,” said John Barrett. “This gift shows they truly understand the transformational impact that NCI designation can have in Cincinnati. With their support, and with other leaders who have already joined our mission, we can make a leap forward for the health of our region.”

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