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Annual Pumpkin Patch helps cancer research funds grow

Oct. 25, 2018—Each October, as Missy Cook helps unload trailers full of bright, plump pumpkins with hundreds of volunteers, she’s reminded why the Cooper Trooper Foundation Pumpkin Patch exists — because her son, Cooper, 10, is alive after surviving a rare cancer that was found when he was just 8 weeks old.

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Couple’s gift expands legacy of hearing, speech research

Oct. 11, 2018—Anne Marie Tharpe, PhD, might not have become a worldwide authority on pediatric hearing loss if she hadn’t been looking for something to do during study hall in her high school years in Memphis. One day, she and a friend volunteered to work in a classroom with deaf children.

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Breadth, depth of commitment define Junior League’s support

Jun. 7, 2018—On a Thursday afternoon at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, volunteer Gena Moran pops into a patient room on the fifth floor to invite a young patient and her family to participate in a bingo game about to begin in the hospital’s butterfly garden.

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Ingram sees recent cancer diagnosis as second chance

Apr. 19, 2018—“When it’s you, it’s a whole different feeling,” Orrin Ingram said, gazing at logs burning in the fireplace.

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Echocardiography pioneer Greene endows directorship

Feb. 1, 2018—His hands have flickered across saxophones, guided airplanes and held stethoscopes. With a nimble skill set and a steady demeanor, R. Glenn Greene, MD, excelled in careers that others just dream of pursuing. He was a union musician before graduating college, a physician who helped pioneer echocardiography and a commercial pilot.

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Fellowships reflect Michal’s deep commitment to children

Dec. 7, 2017—Mary Michal, MD,’60, may have entered Vanderbilt University School of Medicine by mistake, but she’s remained devoted to its mission by design.

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Mathis strives to make her cancer journey meaningful

Nov. 9, 2017—Amanda Mathis, chief financial officer of Bridgestone Americas, was just 35 when she first felt a lump in her right breast.

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Friends of Children’s Hospital gift to enhance two programs

Jun. 8, 2017—The Friends of Children’s Hospital, an organization of volunteers who support Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has made its largest single gift — $1 million over three years — to be split between two Children’s Hospital programs: the Program for Children with Medically Complex Needs and Pediatric Cancer.

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Gavin family’s new gifts expand support for Trauma program

Mar. 23, 2017—When Carol Ann Gavin was transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 2010 after being gravely ill for weeks, one of the first people she met was critical care surgeon Richard Miller, M.D. She immediately trusted Miller’s assurance that he would get her well. He delivered on his promise.

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Passion for philanthropy a family affair for Brown

Feb. 9, 2017—When Kathryn Carell Brown volunteered to lead the Growing to New Heights Campaign less than three years ago, she was following in the footsteps of her late parents Monroe Carell Jr. and his wife, Ann Scott Carell.

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Ozgener family responds to cancer by supporting research

Dec. 15, 2016—Nashville entrepreneur-turned-artist Cano Ozgener and his family have repeatedly faced cancer and its consequences, but rather than feel embattled, they've chosen to respond by creating beauty to share with others and by actively supporting the mission of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC).

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Family’s PICU experience sparks commitment to giving

Nov. 10, 2016—Two years ago, Laura and Justin Burney faced the unthinkable: almost losing their infant daughter, Brooklyn.

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