Join ‘Markey Women Strong’ to support female cancer researchers

The UK Markey Cancer Foundation invites you to take an active role in furthering life-changing cancer research at the UK Markey Cancer Center through the Markey Women Strong program.

Markey Women Strong is a philanthropy group of women and men that makes a meaningful difference in cancer research by funding female researchers focused on groundbreaking cancer research at Markey. Markey Women Strong members donate $1,000 annually and vote for two winners each year to receive the Distinguished Researchers award. Each recipient will receive a $50,000 grant to advance their work.

“The best hope a cancer patient has is good research,” said Lois Reynolds, founder of Markey Women Strong and a cancer survivor herself. “Thus, 100 percent of each Markey Women Strong membership directly funds our grants. This will continue to make the UK Markey Cancer Center the place where Kentucky comes to fight cancer.”

Launched in 2017, the inaugural Markey Women Strong Distinguished Researcher awards went to Markey researchers Kathleen O’Conner and Rina Plattner. The 2018 Distinguished Researchers will be announced at Markey Research Day on May 9. Join Markey Women Strong before April 1, and with your donation you’ll be able to vote for this year’s recipients.

For more information on Markey Women Strong, visit the Markey Cancer Foundation or contact Sarah Ronniger at

Next steps:

  • Learn more about the Markey Cancer Foundation, which supports cancer research in Kentucky through direct support of the Markey Cancer Center.
  • Markey is Kentucky’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, providing world-class cancer care right here in the Commonwealth. Find out why patients choose Markey for their cancer treatment.