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Mississippi family finds joy in giving back to VUMC

Jun. 23, 2016—When the Pharr family wears Vanderbilt regalia around their Mississippi town, people often say, “I thought you were Ole Miss people.”

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Endowed fellowships help create personal connections

May. 12, 2016—When former Nashvillian Carol O’Hare speaks about a specific group of physicians at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), her voice softens, and she refers to them affectionately as “my fellows.”

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Gifts highlight strong, lasting bonds between patients and healers

Mar. 24, 2016—Sometimes saying thank you just isn’t enough.

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CMN partners show strength of grassroots giving

Feb. 25, 2016—The smiling face of Maddy Christison, a 7-year-old who has spinal muscular atrophy, greets customers at Speedway convenience store locations in Middle Tennessee. As the most recent Speedway Miracle Child representing Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, her photo has appeared on life-size cardboard cutouts in Speedway’s 21 Middle Tennessee locations with the goal of encouraging customers to help more children like her.

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Support for Eye Institute research a family affair

Jan. 7, 2016—Sight is one of the most critical elements of a normal, happy life. When a child’s eyesight is threatened, his or her future stands to be permanently altered — and parents try to find the best treatment available.

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VUSN Reunion showcases strong bond among classmates

Dec. 3, 2015—Reunion 2015 was a time to celebrate Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s (VUSN) past, present and future. Founded in 1908, VUSN has more than 9,200 nursing alumni living and working in all 50 states and several countries.

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Many groups, one mission: caring for children, families

Nov. 19, 2015—At 6 feet 4 inches, Shea Weber towers over the tiny tots he visits at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, yet it is he who looks up to them.

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Ayers Institute spurred key cancer research gains

Nov. 12, 2015—In 2005, Tennessee philanthropists Jim and Janet Ayers gave $10 million to help Vanderbilt University scientists find early markers for colorectal cancer that could improve diagnosis and potentially save lives.

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt holds construction expansion celebration

Sep. 2, 2015—The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt held a celebration Tuesday to mark the launch of construction on the hospital’s latest expansion, which will add four floors of new space atop the hospital’s existing structure. Patients and families, joined by community supporters and Vanderbilt leaders, gathered to celebrate the hospital’s continued commitment to fulfill...

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McNeilly, Stein show that support can last a lifetime

Aug. 27, 2015—John Stein and Bob McNeilly Jr. were students at Vanderbilt University decades apart. One studied biology, the other education. One was a Nashville native, the other from Florida.

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Young professionals bolster cancer research efforts

Jul. 23, 2015—With a basketball tucked under his arm, 7-year-old Roger Waynick climbed on top of his dad’s black Tahoe SUV with the intention of sailing upward through the air toward the basketball goal. He was poised to make the most epic dunk ever.

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Former heart patient inspired to create Discovery Science Fund

Jun. 11, 2015—Two vastly different causes of heart failure, both of which can devastate a patient’s life, are being studied at Vanderbilt University Medical Center thanks, in part, to the generosity of a grateful patient whose own damaged heart was repaired at Vanderbilt more than five years ago.

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