Michigan Medicine receives record-setting $150M gift to enhance cancer care

Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine received a $150 million pledge, the largest gift in its history, from Richard and Susan Rogel.

The historic gift will go toward the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center to support research, provide scholarships for students and train future cancer researchers.

The cancer center will be renamed the Rogel Cancer Center in honor of the donors.

The couple gave the donation in two batches: a $40 million gift announced earlier in 2017 and another $110 million just announced. With the $150 million commitment, the couple becomes the second largest individual donors to the University of Michigan.

"This generous gift brings major new opportunities for our cancer center to dramatically increase the pace of generating important advances in the cancer field," said Eric Fearon, MD, PhD, director of the Rogel Cancer Center and oncology professor at Michigan Medicine. "We will be able to develop and apply selected discoveries for new approaches to reduce the burden of cancer and improve quality of life for cancer patients and survivors, as well as assist in building the careers of the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians."

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