City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer research and treatment center in Duarte, California, has announced a $6.25 million gift from the estate of Billy and Audrey L. Wilder.
The gift from the late Hollywood writer, director, and producer and his wife, an actress and singer, will be used to establish two professorships for City of Hope researchers: Hua Yu, who has been named the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Professor in Tumor Immunotherapy, is studying how tumor and normal cells interact, with the goal of creating drugs that can attack cancer on multiple fronts; and Peter P. Lee, who has been named the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Professor in Cancer Immunotherapeutics, is researching how cancer interacts with the immune system, with the aim of developing treatments that harness the patient's own immune response to control cancer.
The gift also will fund the creation of the Wilder Archives Recognition Gallery, a touch-screen database that will showcase the generosity of the more than fifty thousand donors who have supported the cancer center since it was founded in 1913.
"This gift connects the legacy of our past supporters with the most leading-edge research of today in a very tangible way as well as a vibrant, visual way," said City of Hope CEO Michael A. Friedman. "The work by our researchers will bring us closer to new therapies against cancer, even as the Wilder Archives Recognition Gallery calls attention to how crucial philanthropy has been, and is, to our institution."