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ROI 5K Results | Big Win for Big Data | Give the Gift of Research (Winter 2018 Vol. 8 No. 4)

Racing for Research on the River Walk
Thank you to the runners and walkers who participated in the 9th Annual 5K Run for the Future to Benefit the ROI!
Letter from the Board
ROI Trustees James P. Hoey and Joseph K. Jachinowski share the good results from #GivingTuesday and encourage you to continue to support the ROI with a generous year-end gift.
A Big Win for Big Data
ROI researcher Todd McNutt, PhD, and his team recently published two manuscripts showing the huge power of big data analysis to uncover patterns in the spatial distribution of radiation dose and how it influences toxicities.
 
Your Gift at Work: ROI Funds Telehealth Study
ROI researcher Rachel Conklin, MMS, PA-C, and her team are exploring the use of telehealth to increase access to their radiation oncology survivorship program.  
The ROI Shined Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas
Many of you helped make the ROI’s activities and events at ASTRO’s 60th Annual Meeting a success.

 
Celebrating Leadership in Giving in 2018
The ROI welcomed new donors to the Founders’ Circle and President’s Circle.
Honor Someone Special
Give the gift of research by making a donation to the ROI in honor of a mentor, colleague, family member or friend this holiday season.
 
Establish a Trust and Receive Income for Life
Make a financial plan that will benefit the ROI in the future.
ARRO del Regato Webinars
The ROI website hosts an archive of free webinars led by experts in radiation oncology.
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Letter from the Board

James P. Hoey and Joseph K. Jachinowski, ROI Trustees

We had the pleasure of providing matching gifts for the 2018 Giving Tuesday effort for the Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI). This year marks the first time that the ROI has participated in the global day of giving. After the shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated as a day for giving back. Highlights of #GivingTuesday for the ROI included a social media campaign, “unselfies,” and online giving. The generous contributions on Giving Tuesday totaled $7,150, including the matching funds. The venture was a great kickoff for year-end giving.

Between now and December 31, 2018, we hope you will consider making a generous gift to the ROI. Please take time to read the letter about our research and its importance in the care of your patients that was mailed to ASTRO members last month. In it, you can learn about the ROI’s recently funded research study on using telehealth to increase access to the radiation oncology survivorship program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The response to the letter has been positive and year-end contributions are beginning to arrive at the ROI.

While tax laws have changed, charitable giving is still advantageous if you itemize your taxes. The end of the year is a good time to consider gifts of appreciated securities. You can get the full value of the stock as a charitable deduction and avoid paying tax on the capital gains.

If you are 70½ or older, you can make a direct contribution from an IRA to the ROI that will meet your required minimum distribution and will not increase your taxable income for the year.

When you are reviewing your financial plans for the year, you may also want to consider making a provision for the ROI that will benefit the organization in the future. An article on ways to make these gifts is included in this newsletter.

In whatever way you choose to support the ROI, you are helping to fund applied research that has an impact on your patients’ quality of life and on the outcomes that they experience with radiation therapy. Since 2010, the ROI has funded over $3 million in research in radiation oncology. With your support, we can continue to support studies that advance the field of radiation oncology and the care you can provide to your patients.

Make your gift today and support research in radiation oncology!

James P. Hoey is a former industry executive and Joseph K. Jachinowski is Executive Director of Mevion Medical Systems.