Partners for Progress

We believe in honoring the human spirit during times of wellness, illness and the end of life.
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We believe in honoring the human spirit during times of wellness, illness and the end of life.

Your Partners for Progress gift will support The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center’s highest-priority research projects. You will fight brain tumors by supporting the promising research being done every day at Duke. You will help provide the steady resources to make possible the advances in brain tumor research that change the course of cancer care the world over. 

A gift of $25,000 or more will allow you to establish a research fund to be named in honor or memory of your loved one. Research funds are important to the future of medicine and the elimination of disease because they provide immediate financial support for basic scientific discovery. You will not only be honoring those who deserve recognition, but you will be playing a vital role in funding lifesaving cancer research. 

For a complete listing of partners, please see Partners for Progress Funds.

For more information, please contact Ellen Stainback or call 919.684.4784.

  • The Justin Carney Memorial Brain Tumor Research Fund

    In 1994, Justin Carney was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Living in Los Angeles, California at the time, the family pursued treatment at Long Beach Hospital but his prognosis wasn’t encouraging.

    After doing some additional research Justin’s father John Carney sought out Henry Friedman, MD, a neuro-oncologist with The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke.  “Justin felt so much hope at Duke and that he could beat this disease.  It was the best place for us” said Carney.

    Unfortunately, later that year Justin lost his battle with the disease.  In an effort to honor his son and help advance brain cancer research and treatment, Carney, made a lifelong commitment to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.  

    John and his family have participated in and supported the Center’s signature charity event, Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun Walk, for the past 20 years.  He has also served on the Duke Brain Tumor Program Board of Advisors since 1999.  

    In 2001 Carney and his family established The Justin Carney Memorial Brain Tumor Research Fund at Duke.  Since its creation John and his family and friends have donated more than $300,000 to support brain tumor research.  Carney believes that his commitment and support will in some small way offer hope to others and give back to Duke for the care and kindness that Justin received.  “As long as I am on this earth I will work hard to support the Center and carry on Justin’s legacy of hope,” he said.

  • The Kay Massih Brain Tumor Research Fund

    Retiree Bill Massih, former global operations manager at DuPont, is active in the fight against brain cancer.   In addition to his seat on the Duke Brain Tumor Program Board of Advisors and Angels Among Us planning committee, he has also served on the Board of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.  

    Bill’s wife – Kay - was treated at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center for a Grade 4 Glioblastoma in 2002-03.  In 2004, Bill established the Kay Massih Brain Tumor Research Fund in her honor.  Massih considers it a “privilege” to be able to work with Duke to develop a breakthrough or cure for brain cancer.  He believes that those who have been touched by this disease may find some emotional closure as this important work is accomplished.

    “I recommend to other families who find themselves in situations like ours that they consider raising money to fund research,” said Massih. “Not only does it help in the grieving process, but it allows you to actually make an important contribution to bring researchers closer to a cure.”   Bill's daughter Dana Giacone and her husband Andy, his son Drew and wife Grace, have also contributed to this success and continue to be active supporters of the Angels Among Us 5K with their team “The 5 Kayer’s.”