NEW CANAAN, Conn. — New Canaan resident and founder of the Norwalk-based Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Kathy Giusti received an honorary doctorate from the University of Vermont.
“I am truly proud to be recognized by my undergraduate alma matter, The University of Vermont, with the honorary doctor of humane letters,” Giusti said in a statement. “My studies at UVM started my path in the scientific field that would ultimately inspire me to develop innovative approaches to speed cancer research.”
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, graduating magna cum laude in 1980 before attaining her master's of business administration from Harvard five years later, the statement said.
In 1998, Giusti, along with her twin sister Karen Andrews, founded the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation after she was diagnosed with the disease. The organization has raised more than $225 million for research and has played a significant in six new FDA-approved treatments that have been approved in the past 10 years, the statement said.
Giusti was one of five people who received honorary degrees at the University's main commencement ceremony this past Sunday. It was the 211th in Vermont’s history.