Biodesign Institute

Cactus Garden

Cactus Garden

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The cactus garden, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", dedicated to people impacted by cancer, is a part of the Arizona Cancer and Evolution (ACE) Center at ASU. With your support we can buy new cacti specimens, present related programming and ensure that this garden continues to grow and thrive. We envision this garden as a place to remember, a place to celebrate and a place to contemplate. This can only happen with support from investors like you. The cactus featured in this garden have genetic mutations which can create new and sometimes beautiful forms of life. Cells in these crested cacti grow mutations during development that make them start growing out of control, creating beautiful sculptural forms. This condition is similar to cancer in humans and other animals. Part of being a multi-cellular organism means having cells that divide and can mutate during development. This is a garden of optimism because many forms of life - like the beautiful cacti in this garden - live with mutated cells.

Impact of Donor Support

  • More learners can pursue higher education. In 2022, 22,000 donors contributed $66.3 million for scholarships.
  • More students succeed. ASU ranks #1 among the state’s public universities for its 86% first-year retention rate thanks in part to donor-funded student success initiatives.
  • And donors helped ASU offer more than 4,500 hours of free tutoring.

Our family believes in giving back and sharing the blessings we have received financially and through our time."

Dave Derminio

’74 BS in business, former ASU golfer who supports student-athletes through the Derminio Family Sun Devil Golf Scholarship

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