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GivingTuesday | Your Gift at Work | Update on Diversity RFP (Winter 2019, Vol. 9, No. 4)

Celebrating the ROI's Resident Researchers
The ROI has supported several exceptional residents conducting research, helping them to establish a record of securing grants. Learn more about these investigators and a new award that will help continue funding for resident research.
Great Response to the ROI Request for Research to Improve Diversity
The ROI was excited to receive a wide variety of ideas for new research projects focused on improving diversity, inclusion and health equity in radiation oncology and is looking forward to announcing new grants in the spring!
 
GivingTuesday 2019
Take part in the global celebration of generosity on December 3, by sharing your unselfies and making a gift, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
 
Douglas Martin, MD
Douglas Martin, MD, is a generous supporter of the ROI as a member of the Founders’ Circle and the 2019 President’s Circle. He supports the ROI to “give back to our field and to those who are working to improve the care we provide.”
Join the New ROI Sustainers' Circle
With a monthly donation, you can become a member of the new ROI Sustainers’ Circle and show your commitment to investing in radiation oncology research all year long.  
 
Reasons to Give to the ROI
As the season of giving approaches, J. Frank Wilson, MD, FASTRO, and Timothy Williams, MD, FASTRO, consider the many reasons why donors like you choose to support the ROI.
Your Gift at Work: ROI Funds Virtual Reality Study
David Byun, MD, and his team at NYU Langone Health's Perlmutter Cancer Center are investigating whether the use of virtual and augmented reality can help reduce patient anxiety during radiation therapy. 
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Reasons to Give to the ROI

As we approach the end of the year, we encourage you to consider a contribution to the ROI. You may ask the question of why support the ROI. To answer that question, we can look to the reasons why members of ASTRO contribute to the ROI, which is a separate 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds research in radiation oncology. The ROI depends on contributions and does not receive funding from ASTRO to support research grants awarded annually.

Members of ASTRO who support the Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) make contributions for a variety of reasons. For many, the motivation is “giving back” to the profession. Others give to honor a mentor or a family member in radiation oncology. Some ASTRO members support the ROI to advance science and the future of radiation oncology.

For example, Louis Constine, MD, FACR, FASTRO, cites his reason for donating as “giving back” and made his generous renewal at the Founders’ Circle level this year to honor his mentor, the late Philip Rubin, MD, FASTRO. Others like Michelle Kim, MD, and Manisha Palta, MD, made their gifts in honor of their fathers, Jyung Kim, MD, and Jatinder Palta, PhD, FASTRO, respectively.

Gifts have been made in memory of ASTRO members who have passed away in the past couple of years, including Larry Kun, MD, FASTRO; James D. Cox, MD, FASTRO; Luther Brady, MD, FASTRO; Carl Mansfield, MD, ScD, FASTRO; and Ralph Dobelbower, MD, PhD.

The ROI has received contributions from groups of residents in honor of their mentors, such as those honoring Colleen A.F. Lawton, MD, FASTRO, and J. Frank Wilson, MD, FASTRO.

Dr. and Mrs. Frank Wilson and Christopher Rose, MD, FASTRO, have made legacy gifts through their estate plans that will have a long-term impact on radiation oncology research.

No matter what your reason for giving may be, we encourage you to join in making an annual contribution to the ROI. You can make your gift online and may want to consider a monthly gift to become a member of our new Sustainers’ Circle.

We would love to know what motivates you to support the ROI! You can share your reason for giving on the ROI’s Facebook page or mention us on Twitter. While you are on Facebook and Twitter, remember to follow the ROI so you can stay up to date on the ROI’s research and opportunities to be involved.

J. Frank Wilson, MD, FASTRO
ROI Board of Trustees
Co-chair, ROI Development Committee

Timothy Williams, MD, FASTRO
ROI Board of Trustees
Co-chair, ROI Development Committee