City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer research and treatment center in Duarte, California, has announced a $10 million gift from Internet-publishing moguls Emmet and Toni Stephenson and their daughter, Tessa Stephenson Brand, to create the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center.
The gift will enable City of Hope researchers to more closely explore the biological mechanisms of lymphoma, identify new molecular targets, and expedite production of immunotherapies. Activities at the new center also will help inform the development of City of Hope's new Hematologic Malignancies Institute, which aims to speed the translation of new discoveries for patients diagnosed with hematologic malignancies.
The Stephensons are the founders of Domain.com, an Internet publishing empire comprising Doctors.com, Hospitals.com, Wedding.com, and Birthday.com. They also founded StarTek, Inc. and operate Stephenson Ventures, a portfolio management and private equity company. Toni Stephenson is currently being treated at City of Hope for T cell lymphoma.
"For decades, doctors and researchers at City of Hope have worked to prolong the lives and relieve the suffering of thousands of people with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers," said Stephen J. Forman, M.D. "Our success shows not just how committed we are to those patients, but also just how much more we can achieve. The Stephenson family's generosity will enable us to improve the longevity — and the quality — of our patients' lives and, ultimately, to cure lymphoma and other diseases."