Schueck/McCarty Family Pledges $1M to UAMS Cancer Institute

Schueck/McCarty Family Pledges $1M to UAMS Cancer Institute
Marge Schueck (center) and her children, Patrick Schueck and Jennifer Schueck McCarty.   (UAMS)

The Schueck/McCarty family has pledged $1 million to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute to support its efforts in achieving the National Cancer Institute designation.

"Achieving NCI designation will place the Cancer Institute among the top 2% of cancer centers in the country," Dr. Michael Birrer, vice chancellor and director of the institute, said in a news release. "This gift will accelerate our progress to gain access to clinical trials and new therapies that our patients need."

Originally from St. Louis, Marge and Tom Schueck moved to Arkansas and built a significant steel business, Lexicon Inc., a heavy construction conglomerate, which includes construction management, fabrication, erection, mechanical installation and plant maintenance for heavy industrial, commercial and roadway projects.

Tom Schueck died in March; Marge Schueck is a gift shop volunteer at the cancer institute. They have two children, Jennifer Schueck McCarty and Patrick Schueck. Patrick Schueck was diagnosed with cancer at 20 and is a three-time cancer survivor.

NCI Designation is awarded through a competitive assessment process during which cancer centers must demonstrate outstanding depth and breadth of high-quality cancer research. 

Receiving designation brings substantial benefits, including the ability to access federal research funding and offer clinical trials not available to non-designated centers. UAMS also expects the designation would result in a $72 million state economic impact and the creation of 1,500 new jobs over five years.

Last month, Larry Crain Sr. pledged $1 million to the designation effort.

There are NCI-designated cancer centers in 36 states across the country, with the closest to Arkansas being in Memphis, Dallas and Oklahoma City.

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