Help for Kids Fighting Cancer

Professorship will strengthen resources for children with cancer and their families

"Even when you're happy and safe with a loving family, you can't be fully content when there are so many others suffering and wanting in your midst," says Lisa Stuart, who lives with her husband, Scott Stuart, and their four children in Greenwich, Ct. "We've been given a lot. We should give back."

Among the Stuart's priorities for giving back are helping children fighting cancer and supporting their alma maters (his: Dartmouth College; hers: UC Berkeley). Those two causes came together with Scott's Class of 1981 25th reunion in 2006, for which he co-chaired the reunion giving committee. For their reunion gift, the Stuarts made a $2.5 million commitment to endow a chair in pediatric oncology at Dartmouth Medical School and Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

The Scott M. and Lisa G. Stuart Professorship in Pediatric Oncology will further strengthen the resources available to children with cancer and their families at the Cancer Center and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). "By enabling us to recruit a leading physician-scientist who will advance our research and teaching as well as the care of these vulnerable patients, this gift will be instrumental in the growth and development of our pediatric cancer program," says Dr. Mark A. Israel, director of NCCC. "The impact of this gift cannot be overstated."

"For us, giving comes from experience," says Lisa. "We know that children fighting cancer are working so hard and enduring difficult treatments. They deserve the best care and all the supports possible."

This article is reprinted from the Winter 2010 issue of Skylight.

December 02, 2010