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The Visionary (Winter 2020, Vol. 10, No. 4)

Growing Startup Has Roots in ROI Grant
Todd McNutt, PhD, provides an update on is his project, “Predictive modeling for toxicities in head and neck cancer from Oncospace.” 
An Extraordinary Year for ROI Research
Our growing portfolio of practical and relevant research addresses the timely issue of health equity, and the biomarkers RFP shattered a record for applications.
Generating ROI
Ted Lawrence, MD, PhD, FASTRO, helped found the ROI and reflects upon the investment and its returns as he prepares to step down from the Board of Trustees. 
Gifts That Pay You Income
Learn more about charitable gift annuities, a new planned giving option for the ROI. 
#GivingTuesday Launches Year-End Giving
Join your generous colleagues, who provided a strong start to the giving season, in supporting critical research for radiation oncology in 2020.  
Brian Marples, PhD
ASTRO Science Council Vice-Chair Brian Marples, PhD, joined the ROI President’s Circle with a monthly contribution because of recent research successes.
Your Gift at Work
ROI researchers Adam Wolfe, MD, PhD, and Terence Williams, MD, PhD, aim to personalize treatments for pancreatic cancer.
 
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#GivingTuesday Launches Year-End Giving

#GivingTuesday kicked off the year-end giving season for the ROI on December 1, 2020. On the special day dedicated to unifying supporters around causes they care about, 44 members of the radiation oncology community made gifts to the ROI totaling $11,535. Thanks to their generosity, the total was 78.6% higher than amount contributed on #GivingTuesday in 2019. ROI Trustees Jay Hoey and J. Frank Wilson, MD, FASTRO, matched the 2020 #GivingTuesday gifts up to $10,000, bringing the total for the day to $21,535.

Year-end giving by donors like you is the cornerstone of the ROI giving year. Most of the contributions for the year are made during the month of December. Show that you value the research in radiation oncology that the ROI funds by giving back to the profession with support for continued exploration and discovery that changes the patient experience. Whether by enhancing diversity and inclusion in radiation oncology or by exploring biomarkers, the ROI supports relevant research that will benefit patients as they receive cancer care.

The easiest way for you to make a contribution to the ROI in 2020 is online. If you give online, consider making a monthly contribution, which is a convenient way of giving that sustains radiation oncology research throughout the year. Or you can mail a check made payable to the ROI to:

Radiation Oncology Institute
P.O. Box 418398
Boston, MA 02241-8398

Choose from a variety of other ways to make your gift to the ROI to support the best and brightest researchers in 2020.

  • Donate appreciated securities to the ROI -  To avoid capital gains tax and to get an immediate income tax deduction for the current full fair market value of the stock, you can transfer the shares directly to the ROI.
  • Give the gift of research – make your pledge or gift in honor of or in memory of a friend, family member, colleague, or mentor and your name and the person remembered will be listed on the Memorials and Honors page.
  • Make a leadership gift - For a pledge of $2,500 a year or more for five years, you will become a member of the Founder’s Circle. For an annual gift of $1,500 or more, you will become a member of the President’s Circle for 2020. Both groups are acknowledged on the ROI website. A monthly gift of $125 will qualify you to become a member of the President’s Circle.

Be sure to make your gift on or before December 31, 2020 to receive credit for 2020. Even if you do not itemize for your federal income taxes, you can take a charitable deduction for up to $300 this year.

Your contributions make it possible for the ROI to fund more research! Your gift is more important now than ever before. Make an investment in research in radiation oncology today.