VCU innovators talk cancer, kids and collaboration for Make It Real campaign

Following a silent phase, Virginia Commonwealth University has revealed the intricacies of its most aggressive fundraising effort, the $750 million Make It Real Campaign for VCU. Funding from the campaign will impact every facet of the university, officials said, including the campus’ centers, libraries, athletics and research.

In a question and answer dialogue Friday led by Marsha Rappley, M.D., vice president for health sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System, university thought leaders delved into the hands-on work being done by a caliber of clinicians and researchers, whose initiatives represent innovation in their respective fields. The hourlong chat was an opportunity for the university community to ask questions about how funding will undergird the building of structures and strategies throughout the campus.

Rappley said the university is serious and purposeful in its effort to be frontrunners through innovation.

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