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Portrait of Cancer research

Breast cancer survivor Barbara Fingerut gives to UC Davis because she wants others to be fortunate, too.

Barbara Fingerut and her late husband, Stan, made a generous endowment gift to the UC Davis Cancer Center because, as she explains, “this is where we feel like family.”

“We realized that we consider the university to be like family,” she added. “This is where Stan’s disease was treated with compassion and quality. ”

The Fingerut family is, unfortunately, all too familiar with the debilitating disease of cancer. In addition to Stan battling the disease, Barbara and her mother both fought cancer. Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977 at a time when, she said, the disease was not openly discussed.

“I told my doctor, ‘You’ve seen a lot of cancer before, so if you do this first surgery and can tell that it’s cancer, take it all right then, because I’m not coming back,’” she said, adding that her mother’s battle with cancer was her source of strength. “I made it clear that he would have me on the operating table just one time.”

Barbara has been cancer free since 1977.

She has promised that, upon her death, the UC Davis Cancer Center will receive stock and funds totaling $1.5 million to establish the Stanley Allen Fingerut and Barbara Esquibel Fingerut Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.

“The permanence of the gift associated with cancer research and the university means a lot to me,” she said. “The endowment is also my hope that our money can help others with cancer. I am very lucky. I am a longtime survivor. I want others to have the same opportunity for living life.”