Dana-Farber gets $50M gift for pancreatic cancer research

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute received a $50 million gift to support pancreatic cancer research, the Boston-based organization said May 11.

The gift was from Judith Hale, her son Robert Hale, Jr., and his wife Karen Hale to honor Ms. Hale's late husband, Robert Hale Sr., a former Dana-Farber patient who died in 2008. The gift brings the Hale family's total contributions to Dana-Farber to more than $80 million.

The gift will support two main areas of pancreatic cancer research: early detection and prevention, and precision medicine and biology.

"Our intention is to substantially speed the pace of research and new treatments for this terrible disease," Ms. Hale, a member of the Dana-Farber board of trustees, said in a news release. "We are investing in the exceptional talent at Dana-Farber because we are committed to finding a cure. That would be a wonderful honor for my husband and legacy for our family."

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