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Please check back for information on our exciting online auction. Join the fun by bidding on silent auction items or experiences or make a direct donation. Funds support cancer research and patient amenities at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU.

Purpose of the funds

Denim & Diamonds provides the seed funds for critical and innovative cancer research, compassionate patient programs and further address the growing needs of our patient population. The funds raised at Denim & Diamonds goes directly to supporting patient care at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU Medicine.

The members of the cancer care teams of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU view the physical aspect of cancer treatment as only part of our approach to care. Our commitment to patients is to heal the whole person -- not just treat the disease.

With our unique approach, we aim to fight cancer on all fronts and with every available resource.

Research offers hope

Research, a key component of Simmons Cancer Institute, is a distinguishing feature of our cancer program, which makes it unique to our region. The dollars you give save and improve lives everyday…and offer hope.

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through medical education, biomedical research, patient care and community service.


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