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First Citizens Bank teams up with Massey to champion communitywide fundraising program

Feb 21, 2019


VCU Massey Cancer Center is proud to announce First Citizens Bank as a new presenting sponsor for Team Massey, a grassroots fundraising initiative supporting local cancer research. Team Massey is powered by a network of individuals and organizations throughout the region who are passionate about getting closer to a future without cancer. Throughout the year, Team Massey members host bake sales, social and athletic events and fundraisers to honor or celebrate loved ones who have faced or are facing a cancer diagnosis. Funds raised help advance cancer research at Massey where researchers are translating scientific breakthroughs into new lifesaving cancer treatments. 

Inspired by the commitment of Massey’s advocates and by Massey’s locally conducted research, First Citizens Bank aims to champion Team Massey’s cause and message throughout the state. First Citizens Bank, with six branches in the greater Richmond area and 47 across the state, has steadily expanded its presence in Virginia over the last several years. With company values rooted in making a difference in the communities it serves, First Citizens Bank has a 121-year history of giving back, and supporting those touched by cancer has long been a priority.  

“First Citizens Bank is delighted to join Team Massey, which does so much to help our community and to assist the VCU Massey Cancer Center,” said Jack Sorrells, area executive for First Citizens in Richmond. “We believe this partnership is a great fit for our company. For the past few years, First Citizens has been sharing the need for a greater focus on cancer care and research, especially for teens and young adults, in all the markets we serve. It’s become an important part of the way we do business. By supporting the tremendous work of Team Massey, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those facing cancer and strengthen the significant research conducted at Massey. ”

“We are so thrilled for this partnership with First Citizens Bank,” says Martha Quinn, executive director for development at Massey. “They have a great track record of forging strong connections within the communities they serve. They invest in organizations in order to make change, and this connection presents opportunities for all of us to develop our Team Massey initiative.”

Team Massey’s online platform,, allows individuals and groups to choose creative, fun and meaningful ways to raise funds for Massey Cancer Center. “The desire to eliminate death and suffering from cancer is a powerful motivator and it's one that brings people together in a very personal, passionate way,” says Quinn. “Technology and social media have really expanded the ease with which individuals can make a difference. It’s amazing how fast small gifts add up to enormous impact.” 

With the support of First Citizens Bank, VCU Massey Cancer Center aims to raise $500,000 through the Team Massey initiative in 2019.

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Founded in 1898, First Citizens Bank is the largest family-controlled bank in the U.S., with offices in 19 states. Drawing from over a century of experience serving the needs of its customers, First Citizens focuses on developing long-term relationships and offers a comprehensive array of products and services to help individuals, families and businesses manage their finances. First Citizens Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Citizens BancShares Inc. (Nasdaq: FCNCA), which has over $35 billion in assets. The bank is also a major sponsor of national nonprofit Teen Cancer America, which helps U.S. hospitals and healthcare professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care for teens across the country. For more information, visit First Citizens Bank. Forever First®.

Written by: Massey Communications Office

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