News and patient stories

Support from Minnesota Masonic Charities has transformed care for children and adults. It has sparked new discoveries of better ways to detect, prevent, and treat cancer and childhood illness. And it is opening doors for future generations to get the best possible start at a safe, happy, and productive life. 

Here are some additional stories that showcase the exceptional impact of those at the Masonic Cancer Center, Masonic Children’s Hospital, and the soon-to-be Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain.


A renowned fashion photographer visits U’s Masonic Children’s Hosp[ital in his quest to celebrate the beauty of human diversity. Read more

U researcher and beneficiary of Masonic support Deanna Teoh explains why she’s “fired up” about the HPV vaccine. Read more

Backed by U resources and a generation of research, childhood cancer survivors are thriving decades after treatment. Read more

More people are turning to the Masonic Cancer Center for guidance on how to curb e-cigarette use. Read more

The phase II trial led by Clark Chen, part of the new Masonic Discovery Lab, has led to the patient being tumor-free for nearly two years. Read more

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital’s first-ever facility dog is winning the hearts of patients, families, and staff alike. Read more

An inspiring cancer survivor on the Golden Gopher football team sees game action—and his chance to make an even bigger difference. Read more

U researchers and past beneficiaries of Masonic support, Christopher Boys and Jeffrey Wozniak, lead study on how a drinkable nutrient could improve memory and attention in kids affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Read more

Inspired by her own fitness journey, M Health Fairview cancer physician and past beneficiary of Masonic support, Shernan Holtan, explores a strength-training “prescription” for her patients. Read more

There’s an app for almost anything these days — even cancer care, thanks to a technology that can help to optimize at-home cancer treatment. Read more

Masonic Cancer Center researchers evaluate a unique immunotherapy designed to keep this wily disease from coming back. Read more

Open-water swimmer traverses the globe, raising money for breast cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center. Read more

Each person’s gut microbiome is an entirely unique environment influenced by genetics, diet, and life experiences. It’s even considered its own organ. Read more

During the nine years Nancy Kwam dealt with multiple myeloma, she and her husband, David Lubben, spent a lot of time in the University of Minnesota Health Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Clinic waiting room. And it became quite obvious to them that many of the patients they met there were facing financial hardships. Read more

A pair of University of Minnesota doctors teams up to improve treatments for dogs and people facing brain cancer. Read more

People throughout Minnesota will now have better access to leading-edge clinical research trials, thanks to a partnership between the University of Minnesota and the state’s major health systems. Read more

Health issues caused by a brain tumor disrupted Peter’s life and made it impossible for him to work. Using real-time MRI technology and a minimally invasive technique, neurosurgeons were able to eliminate the tumor. Read more

You’ve undergone chemotherapy, endured radiation, and now you’re cancer-free. Unfortunately, your next challenge just might be cardiovascular disease, a side effect of many treatments. Read more

A pioneering bone marrow transplant at the U of M 50 years ago has led to thousands of lives saved and launched a new generation of potent cell therapies. Read more

After bone cancer sidelines his football ambitions, a determined athlete beats the odds and returns to the field--as a Gopher walk-on. Read more

A University research team designs an immunotherapy to outsmart a challenging adversary--brain cancer. Read more

When a genetic counselor told Elizabeth Fedie that she carried the BRCA1 mutation, which put her at greater risk for breast cancer, she decided to take pre-emptive action. Read more

A U of M researcher wants to make life better for survivors. Read more

Three decades after her Hodgkin lymphoma went into remission, Marcia Wentworth was diagnosed with breast cancer. Read more