Victoria Buffum Endowment

Victoria (Vicki) Buffum was an amazing woman who lost her battle with cancer in 2002 at the age of 58. During her cancer journey she touched the lives of many and was loved by all. She always brought out the best in people and inspired all of those she came in contact with to think creatively and to reach out to others.

During her own experience as a patient at The University of Vermont Medical Center Hematology & Oncology Program, she became devoted to trying to improve the experience associated with a catastrophic illness such as cancer. Vicki wanted to see the process of moving through the medical care process become more "patient friendly" and focused on patients and families. She wanted to ease the burden of individuals (and their families) trying to understand their illness and move through the challenges of treatment. Her goal was to support programs that would help facilitate the way that the Hematology & Oncology Program delivers care to patients and their families. Buffum funded this endowment through her generous personal philanthropy in support of her goal.

Following Victoria's gift, friends and family and The UVM Cancer Center clinicians established a committee to review the distributions from the endowment, aligned and united by Victoria's mission and commitment to cancer patient support. Applications may be written for programs or projects directed at providing resources or services for patients and families. Applications must address the goals of the endowment listed below:

  1. The development of education and training modules that foster patient/health care provider communications.
  2. The development of educational programs focusing on patient and family issues related to blood diseases and cancer.
  3. Pilot funding for no more than 3 years.
  4. Projects from health care providers for supportive care research.
  5. Development of patient support groups focusing on different blood and cancer disease sites.
  6. Development of educational outreach programs within the community and region promoting a multitude of cancer care issues.
  7. Development of patient-friendly environment to promote the above goals and facilitate patient/caregiver interactions.

Contact:

For more information on the Buffum Endowment and Buffum Fund, please contact:

Ginger Lubkowitz
Senior Director of Administration, Academic Health Sciences
UVM Foundation and UVM Medical Center Foundation
89 Beaumont Avenue, Courtyard at Given N-322
Burlington, VT 05405
Office: 802-656-3849
Cell: 802-388-1881
Email: Ginger.Lubkowitz@med.uvm.edu.

Grant Year 2017-18

Kristin Grover Development of Oncology/Hematology S\urvivor Navigator System
Sarah Lemnah Cancer patient Support Foundation
Roz Grossman Mindfulness Program with Improved Access for Rural & Underserved Populations**
Kathleen McBeth Young Survivors Support Group

Grant Year 2016-17

Mary Giancola/Janet Ely Transitioning Palliative Care & Social Work
Kristin Grover Health Coaching for Rural Cancer Survivors
Janet Kahn Touching, Caring and Cancer
Sarah Lemnah Cancer patient Support Foundation
Roz Grossman Integrating New Models of Mindfulness Tools for Patients & Staff
Katie Michaud Artwork for Chemotherapy Infusion Suite

Grant Year 2015-16

Maura Barry, Haveleh Gange Psychosocial Support for Head & Neck Cancer Patients
Katie Michaud/ Mary Giancola/Janet Ely Integrating Palliative Care into VCC
Kristin Grover Health Coaching for Rural Cancer Survivors
Janet Kahn Touching, Caring and Cancer
Sarah Lemnah Cancer patient Support Foundation

Grant Year 2014-15

S.Lakoski EXTEND (S. Lakoski)
Janet Kahn Touching, Caring and Cancer
Sarah Lemnah Cancer patient Support Foundation
Kristin Grover Health Coaching for Rural Cancer Survivors
Katie Michad/ Mary Giancola/Janet Ely Integrating Palliative Care into VCC
Margaret Olson Therapeutic Power of Sound and Music

Grant Year 2013-14

Steps To Wellness: split three ways Earlier Intervention of Onc Rehab (K. Dittus) EXTEND (S. Lakoski) Navigating the Path to Wellness (K. Grover)
Kay Cromie Multiple Myeloma Support Group
Margaret Olson Therapeutic Power of Sound and Music
Ursula McVeigh Integrating Palliative Care into the VCC
CPSP-Kerry Sullivan Emergency Fund
Kirsten Wiley Oncology Massage

If you would like learn more about the Victoria Buffum Endowment Fund and contribute to making an impact by improving the cancer patient experience, please contact Manon O'Connor, Senior Director, Development at The UVM Cancer Center at 802-656-4471 or at manon.oconnor@med.uvm.edu.