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Groundbreaking investigational therapies, collaborative studies are changing the fight


Banner MD Anderson clinical trials

Many generous donors choose to help in the pursuit of tomorrow's cures by supporting research with their gifts to the Banner Health Foundation. Among the most promising areas of research supported by these gifts is the clinical trials program at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Since its inception, the Clinical Trials Division at Banner MD Anderson has opened over 190 research studies with over 680 patients participating in research.

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Donors band together for greater impact



When you choose to donate to a specific Banner Health facility, you also have the choice of designating that facility's general fund for your gift. Each year, dollars in these general funds are used for special initiatives and projects that impact the care and services that patients receive. Read on for examples of how, banded together in a general fund, gifts from generous donors strike a chord for more impact!

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Support your favorite hospital or program with a tax-free gift from your IRA


Gift of an IRA to Banner Health

If you’re at least age 70½, you can use the IRA Charitable Rollover to make a tax-free gift to the Banner Health Foundation or Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation. This law allows you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 directly to a qualified charitable organization—without paying income tax on the distribution.

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Artificial heart assists a patient awaiting transplant


Banner - University Medicine Institutes

With his chances of survival dwindling, Trent Lunsford suddenly had new hope when he became the first patient to receive an artificial heart in a rare procedure. He still needed a new heart, but this technological innovation, performed at the Banner – University Medicine Heart Institute, gave him the gift of time: 127 days, to be exact. Trent received his heart transplant on December 22, 2018, and today, feels better than ever.

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Caring for our kids


HealthMobile and the Banner Children's Community Clinic

Banner Health’s Better Together employee giving campaign set records in 2018 with $1.76 million raised in its 10th anniversary year. This support goes to 40+ programs across Banner and team members directed more than $108,000 to the Banner Health Foundation's General Fund in 2018.

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