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 $13.5 million to further expand and improve cancer care.

Our philanthropic focus: another regional first

Proceeds from Treads & Threads 2020 will help bring leading-edge proton therapy to our city, state and region. This innovative, targeted treatment uses protons, instead of X-rays, to attack cancer in adult and pediatric patients. Today there are only 29 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 will support the recruitment of physician-scientists who advance the innovation and transformation of cancer care.

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

The University of Kansas Health System provides patient care for The University of Kansas Cancer Center, which is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. 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 one of just 70 nationwide. NCI-designated cancer centers are the backbone of the nation’s cancer research efforts to understand, prevent and treat cancer. Patients who were treated at an NCI-designated cancer center have 25% better outcomes than those who receive care at other cancer centers. We offer multiple locations across the metro and throughout the state, so our patients receive lifesaving treatments closer to home.

Our cancer program ranked in the top 50 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2018-2019.

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