Verizon Honors UK Resident With Gift

Contact: Louise DuPont

 

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The Verizon Yellow Pages group started generating volunteer hours and fund raising early in 2004. After just six months, the 20 individual volunteers had achieved their goal of $10,000.  The team at Verizon knew they wanted to give to the Markey Cancer Center to help in the fight against cancer because they knew the level of care that Dr. Brennan was receiving.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2004) -- When Dr. Brooke Brennan, a third year resident of the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, was diagnosed with cancer in March 2004, she knew she would be in the best hands at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Once her husband’s co-workers heard about this, they were inspired to do something to support her fight against cancer. They chose to focus their fund-raising efforts to benefit the Markey Cancer Center.

On behalf of the Markey Cancer Center Foundation, its director, Dr. Ben Roach, accepted a gift of $10,000 from the local Verizon Yellow Pages office. The funds were raised by the 20 dedicated individual employees at Verizon Yellow Pages’ Lexington office that work with Dr. Brennan’s husband, Tom Brennan. This gift continues a tradition of support for the Markey Cancer Center by Verizon Yellow Pages for many years. The gift was presented by district sales manager Brian Young. “The Verizon Yellow Pages team supports the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center for all of those who are faced with battling cancer.  There is not a member of our team who has not been impacted by cancer in one way or another – through a family member, through a personal battle, or through a friend's experience.  We especially support the UK Markey Cancer Center in honor of Brooke and her battle with cancer. We stand beside her in her fight,” said Young.

Dr. Brennan was greatly honored and appreciative of such a generous outpouring of support.

“When I heard that Tom’s co-workers had donated to the Markey Cancer Center in my honor I was both flattered and struck by how deep and wide the effects of cancer in any one person can be. Our struggle with cancer has been a difficult one, but the support we have felt from our family, friends, and co-workers both at Verizon and UK’s Department of Ophthalmology have made the long road passable” said Dr. Brennan.

The Verizon Yellow Pages group started generating volunteer hours and fund raising early in 2004. After just six months, the 20 individual volunteers had achieved their goal of $10,000.  The team at Verizon knew they wanted to give to the Markey Cancer Center to help in the fight against cancer because they knew the level of care that Dr. Brennan was receiving.

“I have been so very fortunate to be able to get my care here at Markey Cancer Center. The Cancer Center brings together physicians and nurses who specialize in working with cancer patients – so patients get not only great medical care but also emotional support in a very difficult time. The team effort attitude is very apparent throughout the Cancer Center, and makes it easier for the patients to get the care they need,” said Brennan.

Gifts from individuals and organizations to the Markey Cancer Center Foundation are used to advance cancer research programs, foster innovative patient care, purchase state-of-the-art scientific equipment, and endow chairs and professorships to recruit and retain exceptional physician scientists at UK Markey Cancer Center.


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