Support Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Care

Support Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Care

Our partnership with MD Anderson in Houston, Texas means that our patients have access to the same outstanding, patient-centered care provided at the nation’s leading cancer center. The combined expertise of physicians and clinicians at Scripps and MD Anderson will assure our patients are getting the latest in treatment options.

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The Impact of Your Gift

Your gift to the Fund for Scripps MD Anderson will go directly to providing our supportive services and expanding access to those services. These services can include:

  • Genetic counselors, nurse navigators, oncology social workers, and additional research nurses and coordinators
  • Nutrition counseling, patient education resources, integrative therapies to complement medical protocols
  • Standardization of quality in equipment across our sites
  • Lymphedema support
  • Transportation support
  • Patient record binders
  • Wigs, chemo caps and support groups

Your Dollars Make a Difference

Scripps is the provider of choice for nearly 5,000 patients who receive cancer care each year. Through philanthropy, we have been able to help patients access integrative medicine, genetic counseling, classes, support groups and financial assistance. Our donors have helped us build state-of-the-art facilities with leading-edge equipment, and broaden access to vital clinical trials that improve patient survival. Every dollar makes a difference.

See just a few ways our donors have helped Scripps fight cancer.

300 Chemo Caps

GIVEN to patients undergoing chemotherapy each year to provide warmth and comfort.

Nurse Navigator Program

OFFERING personalized, compassionate care to patients and their families during cancer treatment.

500+ Warm, Soft Blankets

PROVIDED to one of our newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Learn about the Breast Cancer Blanket Program.

(From left to right) Mary Mickelson, Dr. Buchholz and Amy Mickelson

As Seen in San Diego Health: Mary Mickelson’s Story

Having a famous son, pro-golfer Phil Mickelson, didn’t immunize Mary against life’s challenges. In 2009, she learned she had breast cancer. This news came only weeks after Phil’s wife Amy was diagnosed with the same disease.

Mary and Amy took regular trips to Houston to visit Dr. Thomas Buchholz, MD, and other specialists. The two ended up taking care of each other. It was a rough road—but they beat their breast cancers and remain cancer-free today.

“Having Dr. Buchholz here leading Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center—I never dreamed that could be possible,” she says. A lot of people facing cancer have called me to ask what I would recommend. Now I can say, "You don’t have to travel. Everything is here." Given her experience, Mary has done everything she can to support the collaboration.

The launch of Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center gives our community in San Diego access to the best cancer care and research out there. It isn't about how much you give, it's just about giving. Because one day, you could need these facilities and this care, and you're going to want them to be the best they can be. A donation today will help us save more lives.

— Steve Young

Scripps has always been one of the best cancer hospitals in this area. Now, with Scripps and MD Anderson joining forces, we have the whole package in San Diego. — Mary Mickelson

Support Our Capital Needs for Scripps MD Anderson

Cancer care is delivered in more than 20 sites across the county. Capital funding benefits the buildout and equipment necessary to provide standardized care throughout the county. 

To facilitate streamlined care for our patients, as designed by Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, we will be building two main hubs in the county: Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center Torrey Pines and Scripps MD Anderson/Prebys Cancer Center. Multidisciplinary clinics where doctors come to meet around the patient will be located in these hubs as well as within each hospital campus.

For naming opportunities at Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center sites, call Monica Feakes at 858-554-8381 or

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Give Hope Through Clinical Research

At Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, cancer research will play a vital role. Clinical research can extend life for many patients and our partnership will provide a dedicated line to some of the most advanced treatments available.

Your contribution helps support life-extending clinical trials, including:

  • GI/biliary/pancreatic cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Leukemia and lymphoma
  • Melanoma and skin cancers
  • Prostate cancer

For more information on clinical research in cancer, contact Julie Mathew at 858-554-2043 or

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Build a Lasting Endowment

An endowment provides a perpetual source of financial support. Through a generous donation or planned gift, you can endow a program close to your heart. Smaller donations may be made to already existing endowments benefiting:

  • Cancer research
  • Medical education
  • Patient care
  • Indigent care
  • Medical directorships

To learn more about endowment gifts, contact Jamie Nelson at 858-678-7240 or

Steve Young's Story

In 2013, Steve was at a massage appointment when his therapist felt a lump on his neck. The therapist told him, "You should have a doctor check on this." Steve did, and his world was immediately turned upside down.

Steve was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Six months later during a routine check up with one of the doctors on his Scripps cancer team, a second tumor was discovered in his nasal pharynx. He had to undergo an additional seven weeks of radiation, and fortunately, the treatment was successful.

Now, cancer-free for over five years, Steve has been looking for ways to help others going through cancer. When he learned about Scripps' partnership with The University of Texas MD Anderson, he immediately wanted to get involved.