Legacy Research Institute

Transforming medical care through science, technology, and innovation.


A biorepository of human tumor samples helping to improve care for cancer patients.

Improving care for cancer patients requires research into the molecular mechanisms of cancer cells, and to investigate these mechanisms fresh tumor specimens are required. Legacy has established a tumor bank to make such specimens available to cancer researchers here and across the country.

The Legacy Tumor Bank stores human tissue samples from cancer patients to be used in research studies aimed at finding a cure for cancer. Researchers are invited to request tissue samples from our disease-specific collection of over 8,000 snap frozen solid tumor specimens of all types.

For Researchers: Request a Sample

Tumor Bank

Legacy patients recognize the importance of this work. As one donor said "[This] is an opportunity for a part of me to have a connection with helping you find treatment or a cure for breast cancer. My most heartfelt wish is that no other woman must face the loss of a breast due to cancer."

For more information contact Danielle Osborne, PhD, 503-413-2474

Support the Tumor Bank:

Make a tax-deductible one-time or recurring gift to the Legacy Tumor Bank in memory of your loved one.

  • Click the above link.
  • Select how much you wish to donate or enter a custom amount.
  • Make sure "Legacy Research Institute" is showing in the drop down box and click 'Add donation'.
  • Select if this is to be a one-time or recurring gift.
  • Enter "Tumor Bank" in the comments box, as well as any other information.
  • Complete the 'This gift is in honor/memory of' section if your gift is in honor of a loved one.


Nathalie Johnson, MD

"As a surgeon who cares for patients with cancer, I feel it is my responsibility to assist in supporting cancer research through the procurement of tumors to the Legacy Tumor Bank."

-Dr. Nathalie Johnson, Director, Legacy Cancer Institute