MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

Jenny Sanford Pledges Gift for Melanoma Research & Treatment


Gift Establishes the Jenny Sullivan Sanford Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program

May 3, 2010, Charleston, SCSouth Carolina’s former first lady Jenny Sanford has pledged $100,000 to the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina for skin cancer treatment and research. The gift will establish the Jenny Sullivan Sanford Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program.

Sanford, a member of the Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board and South Carolina’s first lady from 2003-2010 is making the gift  personally and from the Susan R. and John W. Sullivan Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation named for her parents.

"With a mother who has survived numerous melanoma diagnoses over three decades, I have long been aware of the dangers of the sun and the importance of cancer prevention and early detection,” Sanford said. “We all need to be vigilant about our risks for skin- and other cancers. To that end, I am happy to help launch the new program to provide comprehensive focus to our efforts in skin cancer." 

Andrew S. Kraft, MD, director of Hollings Cancer Center, praised Sanford’s service and generosity to the cancer center and to cancer patients.

“Mrs. Sanford brings considerable knowledge and sensitivity to her work with us, and we thank her for her support,” Kraft said. “Considering the rates of skin cancer and melanoma we face in our state, this program will play an important role in our research and treatment efforts.”

A Few Facts about Skin Cancer

  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with 1 million  new cases expected to occur during 2010
  • Basal cell- and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancer in the U.S.  These “nonmelanoma” skin cancers are due largely to cumulative lifetime exposure to the dangerous rays of the sun and can usually be cured
  • Melanoma is a less common but far more dangerous type of skin cancer. It is associated with major sunburns early in life.  And, as there are currently no effective therapies, it is often fatal if not detected early
  • Almost 69,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2010, and more than 8,600 will die
  • In South Carolina, nearly 1,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and almost 300 will die

About Hollings Cancer Center

Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and the largest academic-based cancer program in South Carolina.    The cancer center and has more than $35M in cancer research funding and more than 200 people are currently participating on a cancer clinical trial at HCC.   

Hollings Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, therapies and surgical techniques and has multidisciplinary clinics that involve surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation therapists, radiologists, pathologists, psychologists and many other specialists seeing patients under one roof.  Multidisciplinary care is provided in disease specific clinics such as thoracic, breast, head & neck, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, hematological, and pediatric cancers. For more information, please visit




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