PORTLAND — Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute is a whole lot closer to its $1 billion fundraising goal to enter the next generation of cancer detection and treatment.
An anonymous donor handed over $100 million in what is the one of the largest pledges ever to OHSU.
“We embrace the opportunity and responsibility of using this investment to take the next giant leap against cancer. We have the chance to impact the lives of millions of cancer patients and their families sooner rather than later,” said OHSU President Joe Robertson.
Knight Cancer Institute Director Brian Druker, M.D. pioneered research that changed the direction of cancer treatment from toxic, non-specific chemotherapies to highly targeted drugs that zero in on cancer without harming healthy cells.
Some of the money will go towards equipment, but most will be used on recruiting some of the top cancer fighting minds in the country.
Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny launched the challenge, pledging to match $500 million if the hospital reached their goal. $400 million has been raised in just under a year.
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