About Gateway

Shaping a world in which a cancer diagnosis is no longer feared.


Cancer is a global threat that requires a global response. According to the World Health Organization, more than 18 million people around the world are diagnosed with cancer every year.

To that end, Gateway is accelerating practice-changing discoveries in cancer care by harnessing the unrelenting passion of the research community and empowering patients to triumph over their disease. All guided by a clear vision: To shape a world in which a cancer diagnosis is no longer feared.

Our Story

At Gateway for Cancer Research, it is always and only about the patients we serve. Founded in 1991, Gateway is one of the only nonprofits solely dedicated to funding Phase I and II clinical trials for cancers of all types, urgently bringing breakthroughs to the bedside for courageous patients and their families.

Gateway invests in research that has the potential to forever change the face of cancer care through advancements in treatments and therapies that make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients. Thanks to the generosity of valued donors, we have achieved many significant breakthroughs in the quest to shape a world in which a cancer diagnosis is no longer feared.

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Gateway for Cancer Research funds innovative clinical research centered on one objective: to end cancer as we know it. We are driven by passion, a sense of urgency, and a deep desire to have a lasting impact for the patients we are privileged to serve.

The innovative clinical studies being funded by Gateway around the world are yielding real, tangible results. Through philanthropic contributions from those who believe that ending cancer is a shared responsibility, Gateway is accelerating discoveries that empower patients to triumph over their disease.

Richard J Stephenson

Chairman of the Board
Gateway for Cancer Research


Board of Directors

Providing guidance and support to ensure the long-term growth and advancement of Gateway’s purpose and vision

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Associates Board

Young professionals dedicated to elevating Gateway among young professionals in the Chicago area and beyond

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Research & Grants Committee

An external body of clinician-scientists, patient advocates and peer review colleagues who review research proposals for scientific merit

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Gateway Team

Bringing together decades of experience, the Gateway team is bringing our vision to shape a world in which a cancer diagnosis is no longer feared to life

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Our 2022 Annual Report

Within this Annual Report, you will learn more about the progress Gateway for Cancer Research has made during our 2022 fiscal year. We hope you will be inspired by the breadth and depth of our mission, and gain an even greater understanding of why we must continue to advance our vital cause, bringing breakthroughs to the bedside for patients around the world facing a cancer diagnosis.

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Gateway News

March 12, 2024

American Lung Association, Gateway for Cancer Research Announce Funding of Innovative Lung Cancer Research
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September 27, 2023

Understanding Different Types of Cancer
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August 18, 2023

Experts urge study of psilocybin, other psychedelics for cancer-related distress
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Help Cancer Patients Today

More than 10,000+ patients offered enrollment in Gateway-funded studies. Help even more patients triumph over their disease by investing in cancer research.

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Through our DIY program, GateRaisers, the funds you raise helps us bring cures to people living with all types of cancer. Be a GateRaiser and make a difference today.

In The News

Stay up to date with the latest cancer research advancements, patient impact stories, and Gateway-related breaking news.

Fund One Day

It costs just $19.62 per patient per day in a Gateway-funded cancer clinical trial.

Help us fund another day of research, another week or more. You can even mark your gift with a special date, such as an anniversary, birthday, wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or graduation.

Gateway for Cancer ResearchSM is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization committed to funding innovative cancer research that helps people living with cancer to feel better and live longer as we work to end cancer as we know it. Thanks to generous underwriting, 100% of every dollar Gateway receives directly funds Phase I and Phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions across the country and abroad. Since 1991, Gateway has supported more than 234 clinical trials and funded over $114+ million in breakthrough cancer research. Get involved today by visiting GatewayCR.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/GatewayforCR and join the conversation on Twitter at @GatewaforCR and Instagram at @GatewayforCR, #BeAGateway