The McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville has announced a $5 million gift from the Fort Lauderdale-based Lillian S. Wells Foundation to establish a brain tumor therapy center.
The endowment gift, which is eligible for matching funds from the state's Major Gifts Trust Fund, will enable the university to recruit doctors and scientists and conduct research that could lead to a cure for brain and spinal cord tumors. In recognition of the gift and to honor the patriarch of the Wells family, the institute's brain tumor therapy center will be named the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy at the University of Florida.
"We want to be one of the top five brain tumor centers in the world, and we're not that far from being there," said William Friedman, chairman of UF's department of neurosurgery in the College of Medicine. "This gift will bring us much closer to our goal, which is to find a cure for brain tumors."