In 2005, 25-year-old Missy Givens and her husband were celebrating their first wedding anniversary. She was joyfully expecting their first child, but she was not expecting anything else life-changing…certainly not non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She and her unborn baby faced both immediate uncertainty and long-term health risks, including her chance to have the family she’d always envisioned.

Missy turned to oncologists at The Nebraska Medical Center, who’ve pioneered non-invasive treatments for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. These innovations, developed through a relentless pursuit of better therapies, have brought people from all across the world to Omaha. Missy found comfort in having UNMC’s expertise in research and care in her own backyard. Missy promised to do all she could to keep her baby safe through a delicate regimen of chemotherapy.

Today the medical center is at the threshold of a new understanding of the causes and origin of cancer. As one of the world’s top cancer centers, research and treatment facilities, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center stands at the heart of this work. We can change the game. We will continue to save lives. But we need your help.

Internationally recognized scientists and doctors at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will pioneer new methods of treatment, pursuing innovations to eradicate cancer. To make this vision a reality, we have established the Programs of Excellence Fund. It will attract visionary oncologists and scientists to Nebraska who conduct groundbreaking research and provide the cures to keep our friends, family and, ultimately, our world healthy.

We ask you to join us in this fight. Make a promise to those affected by cancer with your gift today. Your tax deductible gift will propel research forward and create better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer of all types.

Today, Missy is in remission and continues to keep her promise. Along with her husband, they’re enjoying life with young Landon, now eight years old with no health challenges from the treatment Missy received. His only challenge? Being the best big brother to his five-year-old sister, Kinley. “I look at them in such a different light,” Missy said. “I’ll get to see them grow up, next year and the next year after that.”

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