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At Jefferson, we improve lives. These stories and more are made possible by the generosity of donors who make philanthropic investments that support our institution's most critical needs and help further our mission of reimagining health, health education and discovery.

Jefferson trains more physicians than any other institution and is one of only seven health-science universities in the nation offering professional training in biomedical science, bioscience technologies, pharmacy, nursing, bioethics and health policy.

Our alumni practice in all 50 states, and many also work as researchers for leading drug companies. As the pharmaceutical industry migrates its research and development efforts toward academia, Jefferson is poised to play a leading role.

Jamie Maguire

I’m just thankful for the opportunity to enjoy my kids, and my family and to have a second chance at life...

Nicoletti

What could have been traumatic and heartwrenching was turned into a heartwarming and bonding experience...

Porter

The ability to get up and move freely, and without pain, is a gift that Porter McMillian will always cherish...

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Nearly 25 years after beating colon cancer, grateful patient establishes endowment to support cancer research...

Tymchy

Grateful patient overcomes a painful 16-year bout with Hepatitis C and acheives a feat that he never imagined he’d be able to...

Alaina Axford-Moore

After struggling with a curious set of symptoms, it was discovered that her issues were caused by a small tumor on her lung...

Garnick

Denise Garnick came to Jefferson where she learned that her assumed toothache was actually Double Hit Lymphoma...

Donovan

Jane & Leonard Korman Lung Center

John Donovan was diagnosed with Group A streptococcus. Rare and deadly, it’s the same condition that took the life of Jim Henson...

Rosenwasser

Lexi Tirpak was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit for what doctors thought was a mild breathing issue...

Whitehead

When Ronald Whitehead, Sr. was diagnosed with cancer of the bile ducts in 2009, doctors gave him six months to live...

Kauffman

Marina Kauffman’s life changed when one day, she bent over to pick up her daughter and heard a loud pop in her back...

Mike Tatoian

As president of the Dover International Speedway, Mike Tatoian is always on the move, making sure everything...

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“My brain tumor was the size of a softball, which sounds so terrifying,” she says. “But the entire staff, Dr. Evans and the nurses...

Robin Konen

In the early ‘90s a car accident left Robin with whiplash and what she thought would be an easy recovery...

Two Women Share a Living Donor Journey

From the moment Breanna saw a Facebook post about a woman who needed a kidney, she felt a “special connection.”

H. Craig Kellerman and Thomas Hill

The word “family” is no longer limited to relatives—it now includes the doctors, nurses, and staff of Thomas Jefferson...

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You can help ensure that this great work continues by making a gift to Jefferson today. When making a gift, you can choose to support a specific department or program, or make a gift to the Jefferson Fund,  which provides support to areas across the institution.

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