Anonymous local donor gives $1.4 million for pediatric cancer research and treatment

An anonymous donor is paying it forward with a generous gift to the Georgia Cancer Center and Children's Hospital of Georgia.
An anonymous donor is paying it forward with a generous gift to the Georgia Cancer Center and Children's Hospital of Georgia.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- An anonymous donor is paying it forward with a generous gift to the Georgia Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

“It is [an] extremely helpful donation,” said Dr. Samir Khleif, director of the Georgia Cancer Center. “It would help us take giant leaps toward where we want to get.”

Cancer kills more children in the U.S. than any other disease. More than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and pediatric AIDS combined. This donation brings the cure for not just childhood cancers, but all cancers, closer.

“Our science applied to both adult and pediatrics,” Khleif said. “We were able to convert that science not only to adult, but to pediatrics.”

Between the Georgia Cancer Center, the Children’s Hospital of Georgia and the Ronald McDonald House, Augusta is a hub for pediatric cancer research and treatment.

“We’re getting patients coming from outside Georgia and South Carolina to receive their treatment here,” Khleif said.

The anonymous donor was inspired by a $2.5 million dollar donation from the Press On Fund for childhood cancer research last September and a subsequent gift of $300,000 at the Georgia Cancer Center.

“Every single step that we take towards the cure of cancer is a huge step,” Khleif said.

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