University of Oklahoma receives $7.5 million for cancer research

University of Oklahoma receives $7.5 million for cancer research

The University of Oklahoma has announced a $7.5 million leadership gift from Jim and Christy Everest and the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation in support of cancer care and research.

In partnership with the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, the gift will endow a chief of pediatric hematology/oncology position at the Oklahoma Children's Hospital Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children and support collaborations between the two centers. The Everest family established the cancer and blood disorders center in 1992 in honor of James "Jimmy" Christopher Everest, who died at age 17 from bone cancer.

"We are proud of our longstanding relationship with the Jimmy Everest Center and the Stephenson Cancer Center, both very dear to our hearts," said Jim and Christy Everest. "We are excited that this gift will bring support for both institutions. Like most Oklahoma families, ours has been greatly impacted by cancer. We are so grateful that Oklahoma families including ours have received the best treatment available from world-class doctors in a compassionate setting without having to leave home."

"This remarkable gift from the Everest and Gaylord families builds on their longstanding legacy of brightening our state’s future by investing in the well-being of others," said OU president Joseph Harroz, Jr. "Their extraordinary generosity will lead to the development of even more powerful treatments and transformative care, impacting children and families in their greatest time of need. Through this gift, the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Jimmy Everest Center and Stephenson Cancer Center will stand together in a strengthened partnership emblematic of our university’s core purpose of changing lives. We are grateful for the Everest and Gaylord families and the generations of Oklahomans whose lives are better because of them."