University of Miami cancer center receives $126 million gift

University of Miami cancer center receives $126 million gift

The University of Miami has announced a $126 million gift to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Made in honor of Stephen D. Nimer, the center's director and the Oscar de la Renta Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, the unrestricted gift will support efforts to accelerate breakthrough advances in cures for cancer and expand innovative treatment options for cancer patients. The largest gift in the university's 95-year history is a bequest from a member of a family Nimer has known for decades.

To maximize the impact of the gift, a portion of it will be used to match additional gifts of at least $1 million. To date, gifts totaling $21 million from the Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research, Paul J. DiMare and the DiMare family, Steven Dwoskin (through the Dwoskin Charitable Trust Foundation), Eric and Elizabeth Feder, and Annette de la Renta have been matched. 

Based on the donor's previous interest in Nimer's research priorities, a portion of the gift will be dedicated to research in the area of cancer epigenetics and the Sylvester Center's experimental therapeutics program. 

"I am truly humbled by the magnitude of this gift. I never expected to experience such immense generosity for simply answering the call to serve those in need," said Nimer. "This will help the people in this community get greater access to more novel treatments. With expanded treatment options and opportunities to develop more cures, our patients can benefit from this landmark gift to our cancer center."

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