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Who is Virginia Piper?

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Members of the Piper family share what the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute means to them. The Institute is not only as "a noble cause, and one we all believed in because of Ginny and Bob," it also is where they received lifesaving cancer care as patients.

Over and over again, one of the first things people say about Virginia Piper is that she was one of the kindest people they had ever met. She radiated warmth and drew people in like a magnet. Not only did she express her care verbally, but she was there in person, helping quietly and unobtrusively, wherever there was perceived need. Hers was a charm born of genuine interest in and love for people, regardless of who they were. That trait, so central to her being, was to touch the lives of the innumerable people she encountered throughout her life, often indelibly.

For more than 25 years, Virginia was an influential force in the community. She served on Northwestern Hospital's Board of Directors and as its Board Chair from 1964-1969. Her leadership continued during the merger of Abbott and Northwestern hospitals, and Abbott Northwestern's merger with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She represented the hospital at regional planning meetings and served as an active fund-raiser with a keen interest in maintaining the excellence of medical and nursing education at the hospital.

The Virginia Piper Cancer Institute bears her name because, following her death from cancer in 1988, her family and friends wished to honor her and make a difference in the lives of future generations.