Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced a $2.8 million gift from the estate of Doris Stormyr Anderson to establish three professorships in cancer research at its Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The bequest will be combined with money from Wake Forest Baptist's Discovery Fund to create the professorships. The new Anderson Professors are Hui-Kuan Lin, professor of cancer biology and director of the Prostate Cancer Center of Excellence (Anderson Discovery Professor for Cancer Research); Peiqing Sun, professor of cancer biology and associate director for basic sciences (Anderson Oncology Research Professor); and Kounosuke Watabe, professor of cancer biology and associate director for shared resources (Doris Stormyr Anderson Professor for Cancer Research).
Anderson, who died in 2013 at the age of 94, designated funds from her estate to support cancer research at multiple academic medical centers in North Carolina.
"We are grateful for this visionary estate gift and for the gifts of the hundreds of people who support our Discovery Fund each year," said Norman D. Potter, chief philanthropy officer for Wake Forest Baptist. "Collectively, these contributions help us fulfill our mission, to improve health, and fund research that ultimately will lead to better treatments and outcomes for cancer patients."