UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program
At UCSF, we understand that a brain tumor diagnosis affects not only our patients, but also their families and loved ones. The goal of this program is to ensure that family members and loved ones have the resources they need to feel prepared for their new roles as caregivers.
Resources and Video Library
We also offer specialized social work and case management, and have a social worker dedicated to sharing resources and solving problems that are unique to the brain tumor experience. Learn more >
If you are the caregiver of a UCSF Neuro-Oncology patient, or a medical institution looking to develop a similar program, please feel free to contact us at (415) 514-5674.
Learn how the Christina Capurro Sand Brain Tumor Fund has extended similar caregiver services and resources at Marin General Hospital and Napa Valley Neurosurgery Clinic.
For Patients and Families Affected by COVID-19
We have compiled a resource sheet with financial assistance and funding opportunities for patients and caregivers who have been affected by COVID-19. Many of the programs assist with medical insurance premium payments or offer a one-time payment if the patient or spouse has lost their job as a result of the pandemic.
Family Advisory Council
To ensure that we are supporting the needs of the entire family, we regularly meet with a team of experienced caregivers of brain tumor patients. These members form the Family Advisory Council, and provide input and feedback on programming decisions. Family Advisory Council members also support the program by volunteering at our special events and organizing fundraising efforts. Many members of the council also serve as peer caregivers in our peer-to-peer support program.
A Program Inspired by Gordon Murray
The UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program is named in honor of Gordon Murray, who was treated at UCSF for brain cancer and passed away in 2011. Grateful for the state-of-art care Mr. Murray received at UCSF, his wife Randi Murray led a fundraising campaign to build a program that helps families get the resources they need throughout the difficult experience of diagnosis, treatment, and bereavement.
Joined by philanthropists Cathy and Mike Podell, and Marritje and Jamie Greene, the Murray family raised over $2 million to establish the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program, in addition to funding the construction of additional research laboratories at the Brain Tumor Center. Continued support comes from philanthropic donations.