UT Health San Antonio has announced a $25 million gift from Lowry and Peggy Mays in support of the UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center.
Awarded through the Mays Family Foundation, the gift includes support for an endowment for a director's position and up to ten new endowed faculty chairs. The gift also will establish the Mays Cancer Center Excellence Endowment, which will support top priorities related to the center's long-term sustainability and future success. In recognition of the gift, the center, one of four National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the state, will be re-named after the couple.
Peggy and Lowry Mays and their family have been key supporters of the cancer center since its beginning. Peggy Mays, a former member of the center's board of governors, established its annual fund program in 1996.
"Cancer has been aptly called the 'emperor of all maladies', the disease which is the most difficult to diagnose accurately and treat with precision," said UT Health San Antonio Health president William L. Henrich. "Defeating its complexity requires leading-edge science, teamwork, perseverance, and courage, each in equal measure. It might be asked who benefits most from this exceptional Mays Family gift....Certainly, the cancer center, UT Health San Antonio, and Texas all will see positives."