- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - The Hall Family Foundation has given an $8 million gift to help The University of Kansas Cancer Center receive a national cancer center designation.

The cancer center in Kansas City, Kansas, is already a National Cancer Institute-designated center. It is now seeking to become an NCI Comprehensive cancer center, which is the highest recognition an academic cancer center can receive.

The university and foundation said in a news release Wednesday that the higher designation would help the cancer center expand research funding and bring the most advanced cancer care to patients.

Only 69 of the 5,000 cancer center in the U.S. are NCI-designated. Of those 69, only 45 have the comprehensive designation.

The cancer center will apply for the designation in September.

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