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$1M Donation Will Allow UC Neurosurgery to Invest in Surgical Innovations

The University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center received a $1 million donation from the Huffman Foundation. The money will create the Anna and Harold Huffman New Hope Brain Tumor Research Fund and will specifically be used to advance surgical innovations and technologies for brain tumors. “Exploring new and existing technologies in the field allows us to continually improve care and the patient experience,” said Dr. Joseph Cheng, Chairman of the University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery. The money will also provide laboratory investigators with imaging and diagnostic tools to study improved efficiencies in surgical environments.


(Pictured from left: Dr. Joseph Cheng, Associate UC Professor Jennifer Brown, Huffman Foundation trustees Ken Kinder and the Rev. Nancy Turner Jones, Dr. Chris Lewis and UC Foundation president Peter Landgren.)

This is the second time the Brain Tumor Center has received a large donation from the Huffman Foundation, under the leadership of the Huffman's niece, Rev. Nancy Turner Jones, the priest in charge at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery.  Jones is inspired to give from the loss of her husband, Rev. Dr. Larry Paul "LP" Jones. He died from the most aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma in 2016. The foundation's previous donation of $3M created an endowed chair and dedicated research program at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute Brain Tumor Center, a position still held by David Plas, Ph.D.“This generous gift from the Huffmans – along with their previous support – really exude the spirit of our Next Lives Here vision, investing in research efforts and new technology for brain tumor patients, and understanding that we are global partners,” said UC President Neville G. Pinto.

The Huffman Foundation was created in 2010, the year Harold Huffman died. Huffman served as president of the Hamilton Tool Company and held 33 patents related to the printing press.

In addition to the donation to the UC Brain Tumor Center, the Huffman Foundation also donated $1M to create the Anna and Harold Huffman Maternal and Child Health Endowment Fund, which will invest in the improvement of maternal and child health care in rural Tanzania.

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