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Fund MCC research

Donate to Merkel cell carcinoma research led by the Seattle team, with collaborators around the world.

If you have questions about your donation, please contact Christine Chan, Director of Philanthropy, at

Follow this link to make a tax-deductible online contribution to MCC research:

Make a Donation


We encourage online giving due to COVID-19 reduced staffing levels. If you would like to send a check, please make it payable to “UW Foundation” and write “MCC research” in the memo line.

You may send it to,

University of Washington Foundation
Box 359505
Seattle, WA 98195

If you would like to send a personal note to accompany your gift, please email it to

All gifts will be used to advance three main goals related to Merkel cell carcinoma:

  • Educating new Merkel cell carcinoma patients and their physicians about this serious and uncommon disease. Our Merkel cell carcinoma website serves as a resource for patients around the world, free of charge, to help guide management of this disease about which many physicians are not familiar.
  • Monitoring disease status. We have developed a new test that can be carried out on a tiny amount of blood from Merkel cell carcinoma patients. This can tell, often before it is visible on a body scan, if this cancer is returning or not. It also can provide greatly appreciated reassurance for patients when it is negative, indicating their cancer is not staging a comeback.
  • Understanding and reversing immune evasion. We have found that a patient’s “killer T cells” are important in fighting Merkel cell carcinoma and that when they are present in the tumor, patients do very well. We also have discovered ways that this cancer sometimes evades such T cells. We believe that strategic use of existing and emerging immune therapies will allow us to activate T cells to overcome the cancer’s immune evasion strategies. We believe that these insights and tools will significantly improve the prospects of current and future patients with Merkel cell carcinoma.

Your donation to our Merkel cell carcinoma research effort would be tax deductible, and 100% of your donation would go directly to our research and educational efforts. The family will also receive an acknowledgement letter when a donation is made “in honor” or “in memory” of an MCC patient.

Planned Giving

What will your legacy be? Planned gifts provide creative and flexible strategies for your estate and charitable planning. Some planned gifts provide you with income. Many of them can reduce your taxes. The greatest benefit, however, lies in knowing you are supporting Merkel cell carcinoma research that will help others.

Mary Susan Wilson, Director for Planned Giving, is available to discuss your options with you or your adviser. For more information, please contact Mary Susan at