Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

Community Events and Outreach

The Masonic Cancer Center invites members of the public to these events, workshops, and community outreach resources.

  • May 30, 2015: Break the Bank for Kidney Cancer

    TCF Bank Stadium: Race check-in 15-45 minutes prior to heat near Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza, (West end of the stadium). Same day registration is possible at the race check in location.

    Racing climbers and Burly Bank climbers start at 7 a.m. Participant climbers start at 9 a.m. If you’re a serious racer or athlete, the timed race through 6054 stairs will challenge you (3027 up and 3027 down). If you just want to have fun or show support for kidney cancer awareness and climb stairs, set your goal and achieve it, the lower bowl has fewer than half stairs and at anytime you can step out of the course and walk over to the elevator to the Club Room. Be sure to pop some kidney cancer cells (balloons) and end up in the air conditioned Club Room. Early Bird Registration ends May 16th, midnight (Adults $35, Kids 12-17 $28.00, under 12 free, Teams of 5 or more $28.00 each), Then $45, $38 May 17-29. Same day registration $55, $48.

     Break the Bank- Climb 4 Kidney Cancer, is a professionally managed event with a chip-timed race early in the morning, and a non-competitive fun climb. Children under the age of 10 are welcome to climb with adult supervision, but are not allowed in the race portion of the climb.

    View a video with Coach Jerry Kill.

    Visit the website for more information and to register.

  • May 31 and June 1, 2015: Rush Creek Randy Shaver Celebrity Golf Classic

    Evening Gala: May 31, 2015, 6-10 p.m.
    Muse event Center, 107 3rd Ave. N, Minneapolis, 55401
    Contact: 952-562-5620

    Highlights of the evening include Crave custom delectable appetizers, complimentary Fulton beer, amazing silent and live auction in addition to fun games and activities throughout the evening plus comedian C. Willi Miles and the event program. The evening gala is a night to celebrate and support Minnesota’s cancer community and the work done by the Fund. The gala will include a large silent auction, a live auction, entertainment and other activities.

    Golf Tournament: Monday, June 1, 2015
    Rush Creek Golf Club, 7801 County Road 101, Maple Grove, MN  55311

    For more information visit the website.

  • June 20, 2015: 13th Annual Time to Fly ® Walk/Run

    Phalen Park, St. Paul

    More information

  • September 9, 2015: Varsity Team Rally: Make Hope Happen

    Save the date for a unique, casual, insider's evening to learn from cancer researchers and meet other 'team' members dedicated to cancer research.

    Visit the website for more information.

Community Education & Outreach
  • Minnesota Cancer Alliance

    The Minnesota Cancer Alliance (MCA) is a coalition of health care organizations, community-based groups, and volunteers that created and is now implementing Cancer Plan Minnesota. The plan provides a comprehensive and cohesive approach for coordinating cancer control and prevention activities in the state. Cancer is now the number one cause of death in Minnesota.

    Cancer Plan Minnesota 2011-2016 is the state's second comprehensive cancer control plan created to reduce the cancer burden among all Minnesotans. As a framework for action, this plan contains measurable objectives and will help guide the members of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance in their fights against cancer in Minnesota.

    Key objectives and strategies focus on the continuum of cancer control from prevention to early detection and treatment to survivorship and end of life. Cancer Plan Minnesota 2011-2016 provides a framework for action for planners, providers, policymakers, the public health community and other advocates playing a key role in bringing Cancer Plan Minnesota to fruition.

    The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is playing a key role in bringing Cancer Plan Minnesota to fruition. The Masonic Cancer Center has an MCA advisory council whose goals are to:

    • develop communication networks that provide information about the Minnesota Cancer Alliance to Masonic Cancer Center members;
    • inform members about potential research projects that might lead to funding and papers, and
    • integrate Minnesota Cancer Alliance priorities into Masonic Cancer Center projects.

    Program Liaison:
    Melinda Donaway, M.S.W.
    Masonic Cancer Center
    Phone: 612-624-4099
    Office: 760 Mayo

  • Cancer and the Human Body

    Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, Minn. 

    For 15 years the Masonic Cancer Center has partnered with The Science Museum of Minnesota to highlight the science of cancer research. Researchers from the Masonic Cancer Center develop interactive displays to explain what cancer is and looks like and what they are doing that could lead to better ways to find, treat and beat cancer. This takes place in the Human Body exhibit area and is open to anyone who pays admission to the Science Museum for that afternoon.

    Participants can:

    • compare normal cells to cancer cells
    • see different types of cancers in human tissues
    • find out how dogs and zebra fish help us learn more about cancer in humans
    • learn about bone marrow matching and donation for treatment of cancers
    • see if you have damage to your skin due to sun exposure or tanning beds
  • Speakers and Health Fair Displays


    Speakers from the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota are researchers who are discovering and developing new and better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, as well as improving the quality of life for survivors. And while our speakers include some of the nation's top cancer experts, we promise to leave the technical jargon back at the lab.


    Topics include:

    • Scientific Breakthroughs
    • Preventing Cancer
    • Cancer Risk Reduction
    • Gene Therapy
    • Children and Cancer
    • Blood and Marrow Transplantation/Stem Cell Research
    • Clinical Trials
    • Cancer in Families
    • Survivorship
    • Immunotherapies/Cancer Vaccines/Monoclonal Antibodies

    Health Fair Displays

    A representative from the Masonic Cancer Center is available to come to your organization's health fair and distribute cancer information brochures. We also can bring a display that allows you to compare tissues affected by cancer with healthy tissues.

    To request a speaker, a health fair representative, or to receive more information, please call 612-624-2620 or e-mail

  • Masonic Cancer Center Tours

    The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota provides tours for business groups, students, community organizations, and more. Walk the halls of our state-of-the-art facility and learn about the tools and equipment scientists use to make important discoveries.Learn more about cancer research being done to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. There is no charge for tours.

    Tours include: Overview presentation about the Masonic Cancer Center and general tour of the building.

    • In some cases, the cancer center can provide hands on activities for groups, such as DNA spooling.
    • Researchers also may be available to speak to tour groups.

    Tours are available to groups of 10 or more, including fraternal organizations, youth groups, seniors' groups, etc. First priority for tours will be given to groups that have hosted speakers from the cancer center and school groups.

    • We ask that groups request a tour at least six weeks in advance.
    • Groups will receive a response regarding whether their tour request can be accommodated no later than two weeks from the day the request is made.

    For more information, please call 612-624-2620 or e-mail

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  • Last modified on May 13, 2015