Making a gift to the Radiation Oncology Institute in memory of a deceased individual or in honor of a living person is a special way to recognize those important to you. In 2018, the ROI received more than the usual memorial gifts as ASTRO lost several beloved members. During the past year, donors made gifts in memory of Luther Brady, MD, FASTRO; Larry Kun, MD, FASTRO; Carl Mansfield, MD, ScD, FASTRO; James Cox, MD, FASTRO; Ralph Dobelbower, MD, PhD; and Peter Mauch, MD. In addition, donors made gifts in memory of Mary Vasquez, Lucy Cassinelli, Linda Helm, Agi H. Emerson, Eugene Carl Moulds, Lindsay Nicole Gustafson, and Carolyn Wolf.
The ROI sent notes to family members to share that these gifts were given. In some cases, family members who have also chosen radiation oncology as a profession received the messages. For example, the note for the gift in memory of Dr. Brady went to his nephew, Thomas Yaeger, MD, a radiation oncologist in Florida. For the gift in memory of Dr. Dobelbower, the announcement of the gift went to his grandson, Michael Dobelbower, MD, at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine. The donor of the gift works with Dr. Dobelbower’s grandson and made the gift as a thoughtful gesture to her co-worker.
Gifts in honor of retirements was a theme in 2018. Gifts were made in honor of ROI Board member, Jay Hoey, on his retirement from Elekta and in honor of Ross Abrams, MD, who retired from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Other tribute gifts were made in honor of Randy Kahn, MD; William Magnuson, MD; Herman Suit, MD; Christopher Schultz, MD; and Anthony Zietman, MD. A special gift in honor of ROI Board members, Jay Hoey and Joe Jachinowski, was made on Giving Tuesday, November 27, to recognize them for the matching gift they made available. Another unique gift came from Sharon Kavanagh in honor of her grandson, Josh Anderson, a medical student at Vanderbilt with an interest in pursuing a career in radiation oncology.
Learn more about how to show your appreciation for an important person in your life with a gift to the ROI or make a gift in honor or in memory of a friend, relative, or colleague now.