Hale Family Gifts $50m to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Accelerate Early Detection and Novel Therapies Targeting Pancreatic Cancer

Hale Family Gifts $50m to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Accelerate Early Detection and Novel Therapies Targeting Pancreatic Cancer

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dara-Farber), one of the world’s top comprehensive cancer treatment and research sites in Boston, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is actually ranked as the third best cancer hospital in the world. That prominence and status was recognized recently by the Hale family with a $50 million gift, one of the largest single gifts in the institute’s history. The money will support the Hale Family Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, founded in 2016 with $15 million from Judith, Robert and Karen Hale. The total amount granted by this family exceeds $80 million. While Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Hale Family Center for Pancreatic Research is a national leader in this field of important research, the new Hale family funds directly two primary, and important, areas involving pancreatic research, including 1) early detection and prevention and 2) precision medicine and biology.  

The Disease

Over 60,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with this disease that unfortunately, in nearly all cases this occurs far too late in the process. Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. and begins with abnormal cell growth in the pancr...

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