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Hamilton Sings in Support of UCSF Brain Tumor Center

Hamilton benefit for UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program


On March 16, 2017, a special performance of the critically acclaimed musical Hamilton benefitted the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program.

Organized by long-time supporters Randi Murray, Cathy Podell, and Marritje Greene, the event raised funds for a unique program that has become a model for other health care organizations around the country.

Hamilton benefit for UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program
Nurse Practitioner Margaretta Page, philanthropist Marritje Greene, UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret, Director of Neuro-Oncology Susan Chang MD, and philanthropists Randi Murray and Cathy Podell attend a performance of Hamilton to benefit the UCSF Gordon Murray Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Program.

The Gordon Murray Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Program, named for Randi Murray’s late husband, provides resources and an extra layer of support for the caregivers of patients at the UCSF Brain Tumor Center. Family members are often overwhelmed by the emotional toll and responsibility that comes with caring for a loved one with a brain tumor. By providing family members with the tools they need to succeed in that role and care for themselves, patients often have better outcomes and quality of life.

“The funds raised through this event have a direct impact on improving the lives of the patients and families we serve,” said Susan Chang, MD, director of the Divison of NeuroOncology. “We are immensely grateful to everyone who came to support our work and especially to Randi, Cathy, and Marritje, whose tireless efforts have made this program a success.”

Another memorable performance of Hamilton was held on March 12, 2017, and was organized by the nonprofit Champion Charities. Their largest event to date, “A Night at the Theatre” raised $500,000 for several programs at the UCSF Medical Center, including the UCSF Brain Tumor Center. The evening raised additional funds for Teach for America and the Basic Fund.


Find out how you can support the Caregiver Program.