Mary Beth Gadus


Partners in Philanthropy (2012)
Cornerstone Award


A cancer survivor, Mary Beth Gadus has taken a leadership role in fundraising efforts to support Indiana University's cancer research. In 2008, her realization that promising avenues for research remain closed due to lack of funding led her to found 100 Voices of Hope. The initiative aims to raise $100,000 each year to fund a new breast cancer research project at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Over four years, 100 Voices of Hope generated nearly 1,000 gifts, totaling more than half a million dollars, and brought more than 60 new donors to the IU Foundation. One project initially funded by 100 Voices of Hope subsequently secured a $400,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute. An active member of the IU Simon Cancer Center development board, Gadus has also played an integral role in fundraising events for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center.