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New Massey initiative aims to create shared data hub for cancer centers across the U.S.

Jan 24, 2022

Massey Cancer Center is working with analytics leader SAS to power vital research into higher cancer and mortality rates among low-income and vulnerable populations. SAS and Massey will create the Massey Research Analytics Hub, a secure, cloud-based platform with easy-to-use visualizations of quant...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Richmond area cancer ministry offers survivors and their families support

Jan 21, 2022

Elena Robertson knows she received a vision from God. In 2005, Robertson, the co-pastor of Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries, saw a need to support women affected by cancer. In response, Robertson and the Women’s Ministry at her North Chesterfield, Va. church founded Just Support, a m...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Transplant doctor and patient run marathon together

Dec 16, 2021

Every year in the U.S., about 50,000 people receive bone marrow transplants and about 500,000 complete a marathon. The math works out to less than 0.00008% of the U.S. population who have done both within the same two-year period, like Mary Becker, age 32, of Chesapeake. “It’s incredibly unusual,” s...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Larger than life

Dec 14, 2021

ScucciFest music festival turns loss - and a love of music - into hope in the fight against lung cancer It’s been nearly a decade and a half since the world lost Michael Robert (“Scucci”) Pascucci. But, his exuberant spirit and love for life and music live on every year through ScucciFest, an annual...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

New Massey grant program to support community-led health initiatives

Dec 07, 2021

In 2022, VCU Massey Cancer Center will invest in community-led initiatives that aim to improve the health outcomes for Virginians. The new Massey Cancer Center Community Grant Program will help community partners expand programs focused on the promotion of health, health equity, person-centered care...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Clinical

Massey researcher aims to increase colorectal cancer screening in vulnerable communities

Dec 02, 2021

Growing up in rural southeast Arkansas, Michael Preston, Ph.D., M.P.H., saw the value of early screening for colorectal cancer firsthand. His grandfather was screened early, and doctors were able to stop the cancer before it progressed. Preston credits the screening for getting to enjoy many more ye...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

New Massey chaplain embraces holistic care for patients and staff

Nov 23, 2021

Reverend Charles Riffee, M.Div., joined VCU Massey Cancer Center in October 2021. As chaplain, he will provide pastoral care and spiritual guidance to patients, family and staff. In this Q&A, learn more about Riffee and how he plans to apply his style of chaplaincy to the unique challenges brought a...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

The Epicest: Dean Jarrett Annual Golf Tournament raises $12,800 for Massey

Nov 19, 2021

Dean Jarrett was an epic person.  A native Virginian and proud Richmonder, Dean was a golf enthusiast, a lover of travel and adventure and a skilled communicator. He was a big-hearted giver who was always ready to share a smile. More than anything, Dean Jarrett was a loving husband, father and frie...

Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey ‘Wunderkind’ reflects on winding road to cancer disparities research

Nov 17, 2021

This week, STAT News named Arnethea Sutton, Ph.D., as one of this year’s 27 STAT Wunderkinds – the news organization’s prestigious award that aims to recognize rising stars in biomedical research. STAT Wunderkinds can be postdocs, residents, interns, fellows and industry scientists, who have complet...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Contemporary landscape artist Julie Fritz creates abstract landscapes to benefit Massey

Nov 03, 2021

Contemporary artist Julie Fritz is inspired by the world around her. The landscapes she paints — including scenic places like creeks, rivers, bays, lakes and oceans — are layered in oil, wax and other substances that abstract the realism of the scenes depicted to evoke a reaction and tell a story.  ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Facts, faith and fellowship: Massey director takes health information to Brunswick churches

Oct 05, 2021

On September 19, 2021, pastors at The Tabernacle of Zion Church in Lawrenceville, Va., and Lake Gaston Christian Life Center in Ebony, Va., handed over their pulpits for the sake of science. VCU Massey Cancer Center director Robert Winn, M.D. spoke to their congregations about the coronavirus and th...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey cancer survivor shares the “one little thing” that saved her life

Sep 28, 2021

Sue Marshall stood with confidence on the stage and spoke from the heart. She is a cancer survivor and always wears her battle wounds with pride. Marshall, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in May 2020 during the height of the novel coronavirus pandemic, shared her story at Our Laughter in the Rain (O...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Building community connections in Danville, one stitch at a time

Jul 09, 2021

In trying times when unity within the community is needed the most, the beauty, joy and fun of an art installation in Danville, Virginia, does just that. Called “WANDERLOVE: A Stitch in Time,” the installation began on June 28 on the Danville Riverwalk Trail and is now open to the public for viewing...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Navigating cervical cancer during a pandemic

Jul 01, 2021

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hampton resident Michelle Nix was not thinking about cervical cancer. The 51-year-old certified nursing assistant was busy working for a home health care agency and considered herself to be in good health. However, troubling physical symptoms appeared in J...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Prevention & Control

Massey helps kick off the inaugural National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week

Jun 28, 2021

For generations, some Black individuals in the United States have kept their health histories to themselves because they considered it taboo to discuss diagnoses with their family members. With this cultural tendency in mind, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Julie and Geoff Shudtz: A legacy of positivity and hope

Jun 22, 2021

Julie Shudtz is on a mission to spread awareness about pancreatic cancer and to share the legacy of positivity and hope left by her late husband, Geoff. Geoff was a husband, a son and a friend. He was a businessman and entrepreneur, who never missed a day of work even while undergoing cancer treatme...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Celebrate a dad or father figure in your life

Jun 16, 2021

This Father’s Day, we invite you to celebrate a dad or father figure in your life by making a gift to Massey in their honor or memory.

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

Sheppard receives Professional Achievement Award from VCU School of Medicine

Jun 09, 2021

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D., was recently conferred the 2021 Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine Professional Achievement Award from the VCU School of Medicine. Sheppard is the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Chair in Cancer Prevention and Control and associate director for community outreach, engage...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, COVID-19

Massey and Hitting Cancer Below the Belt partnership packs a punch for colon cancer

Jun 04, 2021

Several times a year, Mindy Conklin packs up a ten-foot inflatable colon and hits the road. She visits schools, health fairs, free clinics and hospitals across Virginia. Conklin, the founder and executive director of Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2), connects with individuals during her stops t...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, COVID-19

CDC leader explains new masking guidelines at Massey’s Facts & Faith Fridays

Jun 03, 2021

One day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new COVID-19 masking guidelines, Virginia faith leaders gathered virtually as part of VCU Massey Cancer Center’s weekly webinar, Facts and Faith Fridays, to learn how the change will affect their communities and congregations....

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