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VICC Ambassadors

The VICC Ambassadors are a group of young professionals with a shared passion for fighting cancer and a shared commitment to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). Several members and many of their loved ones have benefited from the exceptional care offered by Vanderbilt-Ingram.

The Ambassadors aim to make a difference, to raise financial support for innovative, ground-breaking cancer research and to have a hand in selecting which projects to fund. The group’s mission includes fundraising, advocacy and volunteering.

Join the VICC Ambassadors in turning that passion into action.

Meet the VICC Ambassadors

Visit each Ambassador’s page to learn more about why they have joined VICC Ambassadors and how you can support their individual goals in the fight against cancer.

About the VICC Ambassadors

Who We Are

VICC Ambassadors formed in 2009 thanks to the support of the VICC Board of Overseers and its chair, Orrin Ingram. These young professionals have a shared passion for fighting cancer and commitment to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. By raising money for the Victory Over Cancer Fund and awarding discovery grants to promising investigators, Ambassadors are sparking the development of research initiatives to improve outcomes for patients. Since its formation, VICC Ambassadors have awarded more than $1 million in discovery grants. These discovery grants provide seed capital for high-risk, high-reward cancer research and have helped Vanderbilt-Ingram researchers secure $31 million in follow-up funding.

What We Do

Fundraising to support discovery grants at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. 

By personally supporting and raising funds for grants through the Victory Over Cancer fund, the Ambassadors spark the beginning of new major research initiatives.

Advocating for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. 

Through their personal and professional networks, the Ambassadors spread the word about how Vanderbilt-Ingram is leading the way in cancer treatment and research and work to identify and recruit new Ambassadors.

Participating in the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center community. 

The VICC Ambassadors support the services provided at Vanderbilt-Ingram as active members of the community through attending meetings and events, hearing from Vanderbilt-Ingram leaders and partnering with Medical Center Development staff.

To inquire about joining the VICC Ambassadors, email

Why Do We Fund Discovery Grants?

Discovery grants allow skilled researchers to pursue exciting discoveries in basic and clinical science—aiding our understanding of disease processes and leading to better methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment. For Vanderbilt-Ingram physicians and scientists, this funding not only yields early results, it helps develop the ideas that grow into large projects aimed at transformative breakthroughs in care funded by federal agencies and other sources.

2017 Discovery Grant Recipients

This year, the VICC Ambassadors have awarded Discovery Grants in the amount of $50,000 to  Jacob L. Houghton, Ph.D.,  Jonathan D. Brown, M.D., and John Karijolich, Ph.D. Click on photos below to learn more about their projects.  

Other Ways To Give

If you wish to make a general gift to support the Ambassadors' mission, please choose one of these options:

General Gift

Make a general gift to the Victory Over Cancer Fund

VICC Board of Overseers

Board members can make a personal commitment through a Board of Overseers gift

Mail Your Gift

Designate “Victory Over Cancer Fund – VICC Ambassador’s name" in memo field


Ambassadors News

March 15, 2019

Cancer Center Ambassadors surpass $1 million in grants

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Ambassadors surpassed the $1 million mark with the awarding of the group’s latest research grants.
December 14, 2018

RNA processing and antiviral immunity

A recent study in Nature Communications defines the in vivo substrates of RIG-I like receptors (RLRs) during an oncogenic virus infection and reveals a relationship between cellular RNA processing and an innate antiviral immune response.
December 1, 2018

Cancer fight personal for VICC Ambassadors chair

As this year’s chair of the VICC Ambassadors, Ashley Larcinese, is driven by her experiences to see that research is funded at VICC.