Fund For Research & Progress in Urology
The Brady Urological Institute has always been a center for
the discovery of new pathways for patient care. Two and a
half floors of the historic Marburg building are dedicated
to research on prostate cancer. This space houses the laboratories
of six full-time Ph.D. faculty members and 60 support staff. Support
for this mission has been provided by grants from the National
Institutes of Health, fund-raising, and income from patient care.
However I am worried about the changes in health care financing that
could have a profound impact on our ability to maintain this mission
Recognizing that reductions in Medicare reimbursement and income
through managed care contracts will reduce this major source of funding,
a campaign to raise endowment was established by a group of my patients
who collectively are termed "The Friends of Patrick Walsh." A goal was
set to raise $5 million over 5 years to supplement the endowment of
The Brady Urological Institute. Without this support, the rapid
progress of research in the field of prostate cancer will falter.
Recognizing that prostate cancer kills one man in the United States
every 15 minutes, we must do something soon. To reduce deaths from
prostate cancer, four approaches are necessary: prevention, early detection,
effective and acceptable treatment of localized disease, and new approaches
to advanced disease. In our laboratories and in our clinic we are
aggressively exploring all of these avenues.
As Director of The Brady Urological Institute, I feel that our
resources must be available to maintain and hasten the progress of
this research and for this reason I am asking all of my patients to
join the Friends of Patrick Walsh. Together we can save lives.
Your gift will help us reach that end. Most patients who have
joined have done so by making a fiveyear pledge of support.
A tax-deductible check should be made out to the
"Johns Hopkins University" with a notation that the gift is for
the "Fund for Research and Progress in Urology." Contributions
and pledges should be sent in care of The Fund for Johns Hopkins
Medicine, Room 2201, 1620 McElderry Street, Baltimore, MD 21205.
Information on donating appreciated securities or creating
bequests to support this work can be obtained by calling