Former MBNA executive Gregg Bacchieri’s life-saving treatment for throat cancer at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center inspired him and his wife Stacey to give the Center $1 million to fund both care and innovative research to prevent and treat head and neck cancer.
The Bacchieris, of Kennett Square, cited Greg’s treatment by an interdisciplinary team of Christiana physicians as the inspiration for this significant gift.
“Dr. Adam Raben and the team are outstanding. I’ve received excellent care and attention from the moment I was diagnosed,” said Bacchieri. “Stacey and I wanted to show our family’s gratitude to the health system and hope this gift will springboard future philanthropic investments in important research.”
The gift to the Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute’s Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Center will support clinical care delivery and clinical trials for cancers of the head and neck at Christiana Care.
“Research is a cornerstone in the value and partnership that Christiana Care provides to the people we serve,” said Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., FACS, Bank of America endowed medical director of the Graham Cancer Center.
“Gregg and Stacey’s generous support will help us to pursue promising curative therapies by moving innovative approaches from the lab to the clinic,” he said.
According the National Cancer Institute, cancers of the head and neck account for approximately three percent of all cancers. They are nearly twice as common among men as among women. Christiana said “an alarming rise” in rates of cancer of the mouth and throat is spurring an urgent push for research into new clinical protocols and treatments.
Christiana’s Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Center sees more than 90 percent of new head and neck cancer cases in Delaware.