Foundation donates $17 million to cancer center

Gary V. Woods, chairman of the board of the San Antonio Cancer Foundation
Gary V. Woods, chairman of the board of the San Antonio Cancer Foundation

The San Antonio Cancer Foundation, formerly the CTRC Foundation, has pledged $17 million to support the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, a new affiliation between The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from Houston. The affiliation will become operational in the summer of 2017.

Announced Nov. 1, the affiliation brings together the Cancer Therapy & Research Center and MD Anderson to create a comprehensive and clinically integrated cancer care program in San Antonio. The affiliation will maximize each institution’s expertise and strengths for the benefit of South Texas cancer patients.

The landmark $17 million gift will be used for physician and faculty recruitment.

“With this gift, the San Antonio Cancer Foundation wants to provide some of the resources needed to help support this affiliation,” said Gary V. Woods, chairman of the board of the San Antonio Cancer Foundation. “We are proud to be a part of the new UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center.”

Health Science Center President William L. Henrich, M.D., FACP, said, “The San Antonio Cancer Foundation has been an exemplary partner to the CTRC throughout its history. The foundation’s commitment to our success in this new affiliation as the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center will continue the tradition of leadership support for our lifesaving mission for cancer patients. We are indebted to Gary Woods and to the entire board of the San Antonio Cancer Foundation for once again stepping forward to lead the way with this remarkable gift. Every patient will benefit because of their generosity.”

Through this new affiliation, the CTRC will collaborate with MD Anderson as part of an international network of hospitals and health care systems to end cancer globally. The affiliation will bring to San Antonio increased access to MD Anderson’s treatment protocols, standards of care, extensive clinical trials and translational research. Patients also will have access to the MD Anderson model of patient-centered, comprehensive care provided by multidisciplinary teams that will provide a new dimension in innovative care and treatment.

Over the past nine years, the San Antonio Cancer Foundation, known until recently as the CTRC Foundation, has contributed approximately $48 million to support the CTRC, with grants made for faculty recruitment, research programs, equipment purchases, patient support, National Cancer Institute support and general CTRC operations.

In addition to its chairman, Gary Woods, foundation members include Louise Beldon, Jim Callaway, Barbara Dreeben, James W. Gorman Jr., John Kauth, Judy Palans, Tom Ransdell, W. Lawrence Walker Jr. and Mark E. Watson Jr.

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