Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has announced a $150 million gift — the largest in its history — for cancer research and patient care from philanthropist Sidney Kimmel, the founder and chairman of women's apparel company Jones Apparel.
In recognition of the gift, the Hopkins Cancer Center will be renamed the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. The Center is highly regarded for its innovative surgical treatments for head and neck cancers, sarcoma, and prostate and pancreatic cancers, and for its research involving the genetic basis of colon cancer, the treatment of cancer pain, gene therapy, and new therapeutic approaches for breast cancer. The gift from Kimmel will provide lead funding for development of a residence to serve patients and families undergoing prolonged cancer treatments.
"We stand at the threshold of exponential discovery in the laboratory and the development of new treatments in the clinic," said Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "We seek nothing less than the eradication of cancer in our lifetimes. We have a great challenge ahead of us, but with Mr. Kimmel's tremendous generosity, success suddenly seems within our reach."
In recent years, Kimmel has given generously to cancer research, including $25 million to fund research and develop a new prostate and urological cancer center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York and significant gifts to cancer research institutions in San Diego and Philadelphia.