Beneficiary

Treads & Threads is an extraordinary party with an even more extraordinary purpose. It helps provide more options – and more hope – to patients battling cancer. The lives of countless cancer patients throughout the region have been touched by this annual gala – and by the community support behind it. Since 2002, Treads & Threads sponsors, patrons and guests have contributed more than $15.2 million to further expand and improve cancer care.

Our philanthropic focus

Proceeds from Treads & Threads 2021 will enrich our nationally recognized cancer program by helping to bring one of the most advanced methods of radiation treatment available today – proton therapy – to our city, state and region. The innovative treatment, which is used to treat many types of adult and pediatric cancers, precisely targets tumors and spares the surrounding tissues by using protons, instead of X-rays, to attack cancer. There are currently 38 proton therapy centers in the nation. The therapy will further strengthen our ability to provide patients with comprehensive, world-class care close to home.

In addition to proton therapy, proceeds benefit our patients throughout their cancer journey. This gives all people greater access to breakthrough ideas and novel treatments, and expands our capabilities as a trailblazing force in cancer prevention, research and patient care.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center: Why NCI designation is important.

National Cancer Institute designation is only awarded to the nation’s premier cancer research centers. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the only such center in Kansas and 1 of 71 nationwide. NCI-designated cancer centers are the backbone of the nation’s cancer research efforts to understand, prevent and treat cancer. Patients who receive treatment at an NCI-designated cancer center achieve 25% better outcomes than those treated at other cancer centers. We offer multiple locations across the metro and throughout the state, so our patients receive lifesaving care closer to home.

Learn more at kucancercenter.org.

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