“The ripple effect of what these physicians are doing is going to change approaches to medicine and change people’s lives. It’s extraordinary.”
Tuny and Dave Page have fond memories of the Brigham, where their daughter, Charlotte, was born 21 years ago. Recently, the Florida couple was drawn back to the Brigham because of their interest in multiple sclerosis (MS) research and cancer care.
Tuny’s mother, Charlotte Full, was diagnosed with MS in her early 30s and “always looked at the positive and the world of what’s possible,” recalls Tuny, who sees this same philosophy embodied in her friend Ann Romney, global ambassador for the Brigham’s Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases. After learning about the work of the center and meeting co-director Howard L. Weiner, MD, she quickly became interested in supporting the center’s MS research.
Around that time, Dave was diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer and began treatment with Brigham radiation oncologist Anthony D’Amico, MD—a patient experience the Pages describe as especially meaningful thanks to the team’s highly personalized, compassionate approach.
Inspired by their collective Brigham experiences, the Pages committed $5 million to the Brigham to equally support efforts led by Weiner and D’Amico.
“We believe in finding the right people to support who will carry on the research, excellent care, and kind nature of the hospital,” says Dave.
The Charlotte K. Full Research Fund for Neurologic Disease will propel critical efforts within the Ann Romney Center in memory of Tuny’s mother. “What Tuny and Dave are doing with their amazing gift is helping us move ideas forward,” says Weiner. “In research, there’s failure, and we learn from each attempt knowing that finding a cure for MS takes time and a lot of people.”
Likewise, the Page Family Fund for Mentorship and Research in Prostate Cancer will have an important impact on patients with prostate cancer.
“The Page’s generous support will allow men from different backgrounds at high risk of recurrence to access an international clinical trial and an opportunity for a cure not available before,” says D’Amico, chief of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology.
“Their gift will also create happier, healthier physicians through mentorship that emphasizes personal and professional life balance, equity, and inclusion.”
The Pages feel the magnitude of their gift.
“The ripple effect of what these physicians are doing is going to change approaches to medicine and change people’s lives,” says Tuny. “It’s extraordinary.”