Reverse the Course of Cancer

Through the generous support of individuals, companies and organizations from our community, the UK Markey Cancer Foundation provides the financial resources required to fuel the fight against cancer and support patients in need of lifesaving care.

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Our Mission

The UK Markey Cancer Foundation is dedicated to reducing cancer mortality in Kentucky by supporting innovative cancer research and treatments, education, community engagement, state-of-the-art facilities and compassionate patient care.

About the Foundation About the Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of the UK Markey Cancer Center, the Foundation is a key partner in battling cancer.

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Meet Our Board Meet Our Board

With diverse backgrounds and experiences, medical experts and community leaders guide our work.

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Read Our Annual Reports Read Our Annual Reports

Key progress, advancements and successes in the battle against cancer are shared each year.

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Contact Our Team Contact Our Team

Our staff is ready to help and answer any questions.

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About the Foundation

In 1978, the UK Markey Cancer Foundation, previously the Ephraim McDowell Cancer Research Foundation, was incorporated through a generous gift of $1 million from Admiral Gene and Mrs. Lucille Parker Markey, owners of Calumet Farm. This donation set in motion the creation of a Board of Trustees and kicked off plans for developing what is now the UK Markey Cancer Center.

Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $100 million to fuel the fight against cancer at Markey, supporting compassionate patient care, funding research grants, endowing six chairs and donating four buildings.

This is all possible thanks to members of our community who give generously to ensure patients have access to the very best care and treatments right here in Kentucky. We remain committed to working with donors, caregivers and researchers to attack cancer from every angle to beat this terrible disease.


A Message from the President and CEO

“UK Markey is proud to offer leading-edge cancer care right here in Kentucky. Philanthropy is critical to the success of NCI-designated cancer centers like ours, and with support from friends all across the Commonwealth, we’ll continue to work until we beat this disease once and for all.”

Michael Delzotti, FAHP, CFRE
President and CEO
UK Markey Cancer Foundation


Meet Our Board

The UK Markey Cancer Foundation Board of Trustees is united in a common goal of raising the resources needed to beat cancer in Kentucky.

Samuel A. B. Boone

Sterling Ventures

Farra M. Alford, Sr.

Immediate Past Chair
First Lexington Company

Christopher H. Young

W.T. Young, LLC
Vice President
Overbrook Farm
General Manager

William J. Shively

Tower Hill Insurance

Sally S. Humphrey

Chair Emerita

Michael Delzotti, FAHP, CFRE

President & CEO
UK Markey Cancer Foundation

John V. Boardman, III

Founder & CEO

Eli Capilouto, DMD, Sc.D

The University of Kentucky

William S. Farish, Jr.

Lane’s End Farm
Owner and Founder

Cathy Jacobs

Bret Jones

Airdrie Stud
Vice President

Nick Nicholson

Retired President

Kevin B. Pfiester, DVM

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
Owner and Veterinarian

Daisy Phipps Pulito

Charles T. Wethington, Jr., PhD

The University of Kentucky
Former President


Read Our Annual Reports

Every year UK Markey progresses in the fight against cancer, and the pages of our annual reports are a record of these results and successes. Explore how Foundation donors have helped advance cancer prevention, research and treatment in Kentucky.

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2022 Annual Report

Precision Cancer Care for the Commonwealth

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2021 Annual Report

Working Together for a Cancer-Free Tomorrow

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2020 Annual Report

Cultivating the Future of Cancer Care

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2019 Annual Report

Our Patients. Our People. Our Mission.

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2018 Annual Report

Strength in Numbers

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2017 Annual Report

Building on Success

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Contact Our Team

For help or questions, please complete the form below or contact Amy Morgan at 859-323-6448.

UK Markey Cancer Foundation
115 Waller Avenue, Suite 204
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 859-323-6448


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