- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - An effort by Georgia Regents University to establish a national cancer research center has gotten a $6 million boost from the Masters golf tournament.

The money is expected to help the university meet the local match needed for a new cancer research building on campus, and establish a camp for sick and disabled children. The tournament is hosted annually at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Club spokesman Steve Ethun tells the Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1kSHwh1 ) the gift is in addition to support the club already provides through a foundation to dozens of local charities.

Georgia Regents University is trying to establish the state’s second National Cancer Institute-designated facility, and the first at a public university in Georgia. Emory University is home to the Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, which is recognized by the National Cancer Institute.

The university has pledged to raise $12.5 million for the project, and Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver is working to have the city provide an additional $8 million through a special purpose local option sales tax.

“To me it’s personal,” Copenhaver said. “I lost my mother to cancer. I want us to be a destination for healing.”

The new 115,000 square-foot building is expected to consolidate research and services. Patients currently have to travel to several locations to get care ranging from chemotherapy to imaging.


Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com



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