Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine

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You Can Make A Difference

We have many opportunities to participate in fundraising efforts throughout the year.Denim and Diamonds


Denim & Diamonds

Our premier event is held each fall and boasts an attendance of more than 650 community activists. It features silent and live auctions, raffles, music and a spectacular dinner that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and programs. Call 217-545-0395 for more information.Women's Power Lunch

Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer

Our newest event held in the spring brings together women from all backgrounds, ages and affiliations to raise funds for cancer research. This gathering celebrates and encourages mutual support among women as primary health caregivers in our communities. Networking and a featured nationally-known keynote speaker highlight the event. Call 217-545-3837 for more information.


Butterfly Release

Unique to our area, this celebration of our loved ones – both living and those whose memory we cherish – is a peaceful event held in our Garden of Hope on the grounds of the Cancer Institute in summer. Spiritual readings, music and a recitation of the names of those who have touched our lives occur before a magnificent release of butterflies native to our region. Call 217-545-0395 for more information.


There are many ways to give back …

including giving of yourself. SCI welcomes volunteers to staff the front desk and assist patients with way-finding, wheelchairs, or finding a wig, hat or scarf in our first floor Just for You Salon.
We can also use volunteers at special events benefiting the Cancer Institute.
Call 217-545-3837 for more information.



Your gift will help Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU by accelerating its growth and success. It will assist our recruitment of top-ranked research scientists, as well as ensuring that there is adequate funding to support their research efforts. Please call 217.545.0395 or proceed to the SIU Foundation online giving page by clicking below. Choose "cancer institute" in the dropdown menu. Thank you.

Online Giving