M.D. Anderson Seeks Public Help To Raise $1 Billion
The M. D. Anderson Cancer Center recently announced a massive fundraising campaign, larger than any in its history. The institution plans to raise $1 billion for cancer research by the end of 2011, which is its 70th anniversary year.
With more than $760 million in philanthropy already raised from volunteers and corporate supporters, M. D. Anderson is asking the public to help reach its goal for the fundraiser, Making Cancer History: The Campaign to Transform Cancer Care.
“Forty-one percent of Americans will develop cancer, which means, with very few exceptions, every family will be touched by this disease. The need is urgent,” said Dr. John Mendelsohn, president of M. D. Anderson, in a statement. “But the time is optimal because we have more knowledge than ever before about cancer and we have new research tools that position M. D. Anderson to speed progress against this disease.”
The campaign is raising funds for research initiatives ranging from cancer prevention to personalized medicine, for an endowment aimed to educate and train the next generation of cancer research specialists, and for building a new research facility and supporting philanthropic priorities such as the Children’s Cancer Hospital at M. D. Anderson.
Campaign support so far has included more than 160 gifts of $1 million or more.