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UAE donates $150m to leading US cancer centre

Gift is the largest in Texan hospital’s history, will fund a cancer therapy and research centre

UAE donates $150m to leading US cancer centre
CANCER CENTRE: The UAE’s Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation is to gift $150m to a Texas-based cancer hospital in the biggest single donation of its kind (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

The UAE's Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation is to gift
$150m to a Texas-based cancer hospital in the biggest single donation of its
kind.

The Abu Dhabi-based foundation, which is backed by the
President of the UAE, will fund a cancer therapy and research centre at Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center, the hospital president told the Houston Chronicle.

"The generosity of this family will help our efforts to
realize the long-standing dream of treating a patient's tumour based on its
specific genetic abnormality rather than the experience of other
patients," hospital president Dr John Mendelsohn told the paper.

"It's our hope that five years from now, thanks to
research sponsored by this gift, we will be able to offer such personalized
therapy as standard treatment for our patients."

The gift was in response to Anderson's treatment of many UAE
cancer patients over the years, Dr Mendelsohn said.

Paid in four installments, it will shatter the medical
center’s previous philanthropic record by $50m.

About $100m of the donation will fund the construction of a
600,000 sq ft facility on five acres of Anderson's main campus. The remaining
$50m will be split between the funding of pancreatic cancer research, institute
equipment and clinical trials.

The institute’s building will be named after HH Sheikh Zayed
bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of UAE, who died in 2004.

The institute itself will be named after HH Sheikh Khalifa
Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE.

According to Forbes magazine, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al
Nahyan is the world's fifth-richest monarch.

In 2007, he gave an undisclosed sum to Johns Hopkins
Medicine to support construction of a new cardiovascular and critical care
tower at the school's hospital, along with funds for cardiovascular and AIDS
research.

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MMF 8 years ago

Why the US?