Texas cancer center receives $50 million pledge from private citizen
May 22, 2013
There are so many different types of cancers that impact individuals from every region of the globe, and very few types can be prevented or cured, short of chemo or surgery. Scientists have been searching for years for solutions to any number of strains, often to no avail. But the hope is still present that this will change in the future.
With this in mind, Dallas businesswoman Lyda Hill recently committed $50 million to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's Moon Shots Program. This initiative has focused on discovering cures for eight types of cancer - acute myeloid leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, melanoma, lung cancer, prostate cancer and triple-negative breast and high-grade serious ovarian cancer.
"It represents a different direction for research that crosses disciplines and offers new hope for breaking cancer's codes," Hill stated. "I'm pleased to offer my support to this historic effort."
This is the largest gift ever to be pledged to reduce deaths caused by cancer.
The program was named as such to represent the massive and innovative efforts of Americans to walk on the moon in 1969. The corporate website said that it aims to "make a giant leap for patients."
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