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.

  • September 6, 2014: Masonic Cancer Center at the Mill City Famers Market

    8 a.m.-1 p.m., 704 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN

    The Masonic Cancer Center will sponsor the Mill City Farmers market. Stop by to talk about the work of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

  • September 6, 2014: HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer 

    Rosland Park,4300 W. 66th St., Edina, MN 55435

    7:30 a.m.: Same day registration
    9:15 a.m.: 5K run
    9:45 a.m.: 2K walk
    1K Kids Fun Run

    The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance will be marking 15 years of strides against ovarian cancer at their annual HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer walk and run event on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Rosland Park in Edina. MOCA, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to funding ovarian cancer research, also provides support for those affected by the disease and spreads awareness about the symptoms.

    Formerly called the Silent No More Walk/Run, the event is one of the largest ovarian cancer fundraising events in the country. This year, MOCA is predicting its best turnout yet. Teams ranging from 3 to 100+ people will join forces to fundraise to benefit MOCA’s research funding and programs. MOCA is among the top five non-profit funders of ovarian cancer research in the nation and has provided more than $4.5 million to Minnesota researchers. This year, the organization awarded a record of more than $527,000 to Minnesota ovarian cancer researchers.

    The University’s team, Team U+Nified is one of our largest teams that we have at the event each year and a major sponsor of Teal Strides. Participants can register for the event at Each participant receives a Teal Strides t-shirt; water and snacks will also be provided.

    Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Oncology and the University of Minnesota Physicians are teal-level sponsor of HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer.

  • September 10, 2014: Varsity Team Rally: Changing Science, Changing Lives

    6 - 9 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, 2231 6th Street SE, Minneapolis, Minn.
    The Varsity Team Rally: Changing Science, Changing Lives is an event to benefit the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota by raising $100,000 to advance high-impact cancer research. Stephanie Hansen, myTalk 107.1 radio host, will emcee the evening, which will include presentations from some of the leading cancer researchers, meeting Gopher star athletes, learning about progress in research funded by previous Varsity Team rally events, and hearing from individuals whose lives have been changed by the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

    Visit the website for more information.

  • September 13, 2014: Care Partners Picnic of Hope

    11 a.m.-2 p-.m., Minnehaha Park, Waburn Picnic Area C, 4655 46th Avenue S., Minneapolis

    Visit the website for more information.

  • September 19, 2014: 2nd Annual Putting for Pancreatic Cancer Research Golf Scramble

    11 a.m. through dinner

    Location: Majestic Oaks Golf Club
    Registration is due by September 1st.
    For more information visit the website.  

  • November 1, 2014: Dawn of a Dream
  • December 11 and 12, 2014: KS95 for Kids® Radiothon
Community Education & Outreach
  • Cancer Information Line

    A cancer nurse is available via phone and e-mail to answer your questions about cancer and clinical trials. The Masonic Cancer Center provides a toll-free telephone line for residents of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin: 1-888-CANCER MN (1-888-226-2376)

    If you live in the Twin Cities metro area or outside of the toll-free calling area, you may call: 612-624-2620. You may also e-mail your questions to:

    The goal of the information line is to help provide answers to questions that will assist you in making decisions about cancer care. Here are examples of information and assistance provided by the Cancer Information Line:

    • Finding a physician at the University of Minnesota.
    • General information about cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment
    • Clinical trials available for specific cancers at the University of Minnesota as well as other local and national clinical trials
    • Cancer services available at clinics and hospitals affiliated with the University of Minnesota
    • Finding area support groups

    Patient appointments: Contact the University of Minnesota Physicians Masonic Cancer Clinic, 612-625-5411, with questions about appointments.

  • 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

    The Masonic Cancer Center's annual Cancer and the Human Body event,held in February of each year, is a hands-on exhibit that educates visitors about cancer and showcases some of the current research being done at the University of Minnesota.

  • 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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