Hillman Foundation donates $30M to University of Pittsburgh cancer research
The Henry L. Hillman Foundation announced Wednesday that it will donate $30 million over the next 10 years for cancer research at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.
“This remarkable gift, which will drive cancer research and discoveries, extends the life-changing philanthropic commitment and innovative vision that are the shining hallmarks of Henry and Elsie's great legacy,” Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said in a statement. “On behalf of the many University of Pittsburgh researchers and clinicians who are devoted to leading the way in cancer treatment and research, I want to thank the Henry L. Hillman Foundation for their ongoing and outstanding support.”
Gallagher said the new contribution of $3 million per year for 10 years will advance novel cancer discoveries for patients.
The foundation in 2004 contributed $20 million to Pitt and UPMC for cancer research under the Hillman Fellows for Innovative Cancer Research Program , providing seed money for scientists and researchers.
The Hillman Fellows program has already supported the research of more than 100 scientists.
“The Fellows program has accelerated the move of cancer research from the bench to the bedside and helped to establish the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center as a model for others around the world,” said Stanley Marks, chairman of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, which has more than 50 locations. “We have been able to recruit world-class cancer researchers and financially support their groundbreaking efforts, all because of the vision of Henry and Elsie Hillman.”
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