Treads & Threads is an extraordinary party with an even more extraordinary purpose. It helps provide more options – and more hope – to patients battling cancer. The lives of countless cancer patients throughout the region have been touched by this annual gala – and by the community support behind it. Since 2002, Treads & Threads sponsors, patrons and guests have contributed more than $10.5 million to further expand and improve cancer care.

Proceeds benefit Cambridge North Tower and personalized medicine

The University of Kansas Hospital is frequently at full capacity, with overall growth expected to increase 32% in the next three years. To meet the needs of the most critically ill patients in our region, we’re building Cambridge North Tower.

This 124-bed inpatient facility will house surgical oncology, neurology, neurosurgery and ear, nose and throat services. Funds from this event will support the oncology program at Cambridge North Tower. Take a tour of the new building, opening at the end of this year, to learn how you can help us save lives.

Proceeds will also support personalized medicine for the cancer program – considered the future of medicine by the National Cancer Institute. Personalized medicine involves tailoring patients’ treatments at the cellular level then studying the individual’s cancer cells to determine which therapy is most likely to destroy those cells.

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The University of Kansas Cancer Center

The University of Kansas Health System provides patient care for The University of Kansas Cancer Center, which is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. Considered the gold standard in cancer research, this designation allows us to offer our patients more access to the latest clinical trials and laboratory discoveries. NCI designation is awarded only to institutions that demonstrate scientific excellence through a rigorous peer review process, resulting in federal funding for research.

Our cancer program ranked 25th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016-2017. We provide care at multiple community locations throughout the region, in addition to our hospital’s main campus in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion in Westwood, Kansas. Learn more at