The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medical Center have announced a multimillion-dollar pledge from Pamela Bartling Buffett — the widow of Fred C. Buffett, a first cousin of Warren Buffett's who died of kidney cancer in 1997 — in support of a planned cancer center.
In recognition of the gift, which was made through the Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation to the University of Nebraska Foundation, the cancer center will be named the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. While the size of the gift remains undisclosed at her request, the pledge makes Bartling Buffett the lead donor in a campaign to raise $160 million in private funding for the $370 million project.
The center will include three areas dedicated to cancer — a research tower housing ninety-eight laboratories, a multidisciplinary outpatient center, and a hospital with up to a hundred and eight beds. Projected to cost $323 million, the largest capital project to date at the university is expected to be completed in 2016.
"The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will allow the brightest minds in cancer research and care to collaborate on finding tomorrow's cures, specifying those treatments to each patient based on their unique condition," said Ken Cowan, director of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center. "In this facility, medical scientists will discover the next generation of cancer therapies targeted toward molecular changes in tumors, resulting in a treatment regimen individualized for each patient."