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Members of the NCI Minority Institute/Cancer Center Partnership Program.

Members of the NCI Minority Institute/Cancer
Center Partnership Program

The NCI Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP) brings together NCI-designated Cancer Centers and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI)—colleges and universities that are committed to the special encouragement of students from ethnic minority groups, including African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and American Pacific Islanders. In addition to training, this collaboration focuses on reducing the disproportionate cancer incidence and mortality in minority populations. MSI and Cancer Center investigators are collaborating on more than 120 research projects. One example is the partnership between Nashville's Meharry Medical College—the nation's largest private, independent historically black institution dedicated solely to educating health professionals—and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Through their alliance, the two institutions are learning from each other and advancing student education, patient care, and research.

Dr. Grace Butler

Grace Butler, Ph.D., and President George W. Bush at NCI.

Grace Butler, Ph.D., and President
George W. Bush at NCI

Dr. Grace Butler does not just talk about cancer; she has lived it. Dr. Butler, a professor emeritus at the University of Houston, is a survivor of colorectal cancer who founded the non-profit organization called Hope Through Grace in 2002. The organization covers the cost of colon cancer screening for uninsured and underinsured populations and provides cancer awareness programs at shelters, churches, and higher education institutions, emphasizing underserved communities, including senior survivors of Hurricane Katrina who relocated to the Houston area.

Dr. Butler also freely gives her time to the service of all cancer patients. She is a member of both the NCI's Director's Consumer Liaison Group and the Consumer Advocates in Research and Related Activities (CARRA) program. Dr. Butler also attends important NCI meetings, such as the annual cancer health disparities summit, where she is an avid participant, sharing her passion for a healthcare system that reaches all cancer patients. In January 2007, President Bush visited the Clinical Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. He toured laboratories, met with patients, and conducted a roundtable discussion on the state of cancer research and treatment. Grace Butler was at that table too, representing those who have suffered with cancer and survived, determined to do something to help others.

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