Cancer Center


Philanthropy is a critical part of clinical and research programs at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, but no department or research initiative has been impacted by philanthropy as profoundly as the Cancer Center. From the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care’s 19-year involvement, and over $26 million in support of clinical care and research programs, to transformational gifts to find a cure for myeloma, philanthropy is changing the face of cancer at Tufts Medical Center.

Recent Major Gifts

John C. Davis Multiple Myeloma Program

A seed pledge gift of $500,000 was generously given by John C. Davis to establish a Multiple Myeloma Program.

Led by Dr. Ray Comenzo, the program will focus on highly personalized and focused care in a multidisciplinary setting and will be launching in the Spring of 2015.

Julie Person

Julie Person from Austin, TX gave an incredibly generous gift of $250,000 in support of Dr. Mathew’s Prostate Research Fund and in memory of her husband Will. Julie’s husband was treated by Dr. Mathew when he was at MD Anderson and followed him for his care when he joined Tufts Medical Center. 

Reid R. Sacco Cancer Alliance

The Reid R. Sacco Cancer Alliance made a $500,000 pledge to establish the Reid R. Sacco AYA (adolescents and young adults) Clinic. The Clinic opened in 2013 and sees patients ages 18-39 for survivorship care.

This gift was generously given by Gene and Lorraine Sacco and their son Weston, in memory of their son and brother, Reid Sacco, who lost his battle with Cancer.

Amyloidosis and Myeloma Research Program

The Demarest Lloyd Jr. Foundation pledged a generous gift of $483,000 over three years in support of Dr. Comenzo’s research program.

Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU)

DCU gave a generous $250,000 gift to renovate the Floating Hospital for Children family waiting area. The waiting area is for the families of both pediatric and adult patients whose loved ones are having surgery. The design will pay special attention to comfort, warmth, and place where family members can relax  

The Donna Anne Poulack Foundation

The Donna Anne Poulack Foundation pledged a seed gift of $150,000 to establish a Palliative Care Suit Initiative at the Floating Hospital for Children. The Floating Hospital plans to devote a private space on our inpatient floor to suit the unique needs of palliative care patients – one which is calming, inviting, and equipped to serve the needs of the entire family.  The patient room will meet every clinical need with all of the comforts and indications of home in an environment that protects the "sacred space" surrounding the time near the end of life of a child.  A beautiful, spacious unit uniquely designed so patients may receive the most modern care in a family-friendly environment. Complete with a kitchenette and dining table, families can also take advantage of internet access in the family gathering space or play a personal CD and DVD.  An area off of the patient’s room offers a sleeping quarter when families may require privacy or have discussions with physicians.  These features paired with our specialty-trained physicians, nurses and multidisciplinary team are dedicated to relieving pain and other symptoms causing discomfort, while helping patients and families receive the best possible care without having to transition to an entirely new care team at the most crucial time