Michael Kaston on a stage surrounded by cancer survivors and their family members in front of DCI 50th anniversary logo
DCI Executive Director Michael Kastan (third from left) celebrates DCI's 50th anniversary with cancer survivors and their family members: (left to right) Heather and Harper Harrell, Allin and Caro Foulkrod, and Jamie Valvano.

DCI 50th Anniversary Raises More than $86M


Cancer survivor Ovester Grays on stage with Duke Cancer Institute 50th anniversary logo behind him.
Cancer survivor Ovester Grays shared his inspiring story during the black tie event.

Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) completed its celebration of five decades of life-changing discovery and care with a black tie event on Saturday, October 14, 2023. The evening's finale unveiled the total raised for cancer research and care during DCI's anniversary time frame: more than $86 million, including $32.7 million in planned gifts.

More than 225 guests attended the event, which alone raised $100,000.

Hosted by DCI Executive Director Michael Kastan, MD, PhD, the event featured inspiring stories from several cancer survivors, a guest appearance by former Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, and a performance by award-winning actress, singer, and philanthropist Kristin Chenoweth.

Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth holds a bouquet of flowers alongside cancer survivor Harper Harrell.
Special guest Kristin Chenoweth and cancer survivor Harper Harrell.

50 Years of Changing Lives

The event was the culmination of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Duke’s designation as one of the first eight National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States, following the passage of the National Cancer Act of 1971. 

This page was reviewed on 10/17/2023