Moon shot philanthropy reaches major milestone
More than $139 million committed to drive unprecedented assault on cancer
MD Anderson celebrated private philanthropy fueling the Moon Shots Program’s progress during its first year at an Oct.18 press conference. The program has received more than $139 million in private philanthropic commitments. The rapid accomplishment of this milestone during the program’s first year underscores the generosity of MD Anderson supporters and their confidence in this accelerated effort to conquer cancer.
The Moon Shots Program’s success relies heavily on private philanthropy. Leading contributors include:
- Lyda Hill: $50 million
- Jynwel Charitable Foundation/Jho Low: $50 million
- The Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation: $10 million
- Marathon Oil Corporation: $3 million
- The Bosarge Family Foundation: $2 million
- The Cullen Trust for Health Care: $2 million
- Mr. and Mrs. William J. Kyte: $2 million
- The John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation: $1.5 million
“The Moon Shots Program holds the potential for a new approach to research that eventually can be applied to all cancers and even to other chronic diseases,” says Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “History has taught us that if we put our minds to a task, the human spirit will prevail. We’re grateful for the support of these generous donors in bringing us to this significant milestone moment and giving us the resources to do this for all humanity.”
For more information on the Moon Shots Program, please visit www.cancermoonshots.org.