With an extraordinary leadership gift in 2006, Mariann and Robert MacDonald endowed the Mariann T. and Robert J. MacDonald Professorship in Breast Cancer Care Excellence at the Abramson Cancer Center. More recently in 2010, they made another transformational gift to endow the Mariann T. and Robert J. MacDonald Cancer Risk Evaluation Center. Their significant generosity will truly change the face of ways to prevent and treat cancer and give Penn Medicine the tools needed to recruit and retain the very best breast cancer clinicians for years to come. Although Mariann now lives in Florida throughout the year, she still returns to Penn for her medical care.
At the opening of the Mariann T. and Robert J. MacDonald Cancer Risk Evaluation Center, Mariann shared:
"Bob, Megan and I are so honored and pleased to be here tonight to support Penn Medicine, to support Dr. Domchek, and her very talented research team. I believe that this is the moment of incredible promise, and one that we are delighted to help the Abramson Cancer Center seize. I can only hope and pray that our gift will eliminate the need to worry about getting breast or ovarian cancer for my daughter Megan, my granddaughter Madlyn, and millions of women around the world."