Faculty and Staff Help Support the U: A Daughter’s Story
When Jack Ferguson joins his daughter, Amy C. Ferguson, for the University of Miami-Georgia Tech game on October 5, it will mark a special moment for the two football fans.
“My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer last May in South Carolina, and I was able to bring him here for treatment,” says Amy, Director of Major Gifts at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Fortunately, the surgery performed by Dipen Parekh, M.D., professor and Chair of Urology and the Dr. Victor Politano Endowed Chair in Clinical Urology, was successful. “Since my dad needed to come back for a follow-up appointment, he and my mom, Judy, will be coming to Miami for a nice, long family weekend.”
Growing up in South Carolina, Amy and her brother, Jeff, (who is vice president of football operations for the San Francisco 49ers) enjoyed cheering for the Clemson Tigers. Several years after earning her bachelor’s degree at Clemson, Ferguson joined the University of Miami’s Department of Athletics as assistant athletic director of development. She gave annually to the Hurricane Club and United Way campaign. Two years ago, she joined Sylvester for her current position.
“I’ve always given to the University because it has allowed me to grow personally and professionally,” says Ferguson. “The importance of UM really hit home for me personally after my dad’s cancer diagnosis. We have great physicians and a very warm and caring team here, so my dad was able to get the best possible care.”
This summer Ferguson made a direct gift to support cancer research in the Miller School’s Department of Urology, and this November she will be a volunteer at the Dolphins Cycling Challenge while raising funds for Sylvester as a “virtual rider.” In addition, Ferguson will pledge her support to UM’s United Way campaign.
Says Ferguson, “It’s important for all of us to give back to our University and community. It doesn’t have to be a large amount, but every dollar can make a difference.”