The mission of The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Auxiliary Board is to be investors in innovation by giving unrestricted grants to establish much-needed research programs at the UCCCC that work toward the prevention, early detection, and treatment of the scores of diseases collectively known as cancer.
Today's board comprises 23 women who actively work toward raising funds for three selected researchers. Each doctor receives funds for 3 years. There also are approximately 20 sustaining and honorary members of the Board.
Founded in 1951 by North Shore resident Stephanie Howell, the Board was incorporated in 1959 as an official auxiliary of the UCCRF. Since its inception, the Auxiliary Board has raised $3 million for cancer research for the Foundation. In 2006, the Board received the university's coveted Harper's Society Award for its fundraising efforts.