Memorial Sloan Kettering

The Elizabeth Hamilton Cullum Society

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Our Story In 1884, Elizabeth Hamilton Cullum called together a group of friends to discuss the possibility of a hospital designed exclusively for the treatment of cancer. A granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton, who was the first Secretary of the Treasury and a signer of the Constitution, Mrs. Cullum believed in using her influence for the greater good. She also had a personal interest in cancer; her only son died of the disease in 1882 and less than a year later, she learned that she too, had cancer. At that time, cancer patients were often turned away from hospitals due to lack of understanding and widespread fear of the disease. Mrs. Cullum and her friends passionately believed that cancer should be confronted rather than feared. This shared mission moved the group, led by Mrs. Cullum, to found the New York Cancer Hospital, which would later become Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Today, Memorial Sloan Kettering is the oldest and largest privately supported cancer center in the world. A society to honor those who, through estate and financial planning, have partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering in the fight against cancer. THE ELIZABETH HAMILTON CULLUM SOCIETY Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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