Dana-Farber and MIT Partner in $250m Fight Against Cancer

NEC members Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have partnered along with three other organizations in a pledge to treat the most challenging forms of cancer. Break Through Cancer, a new foundation backed by a $250 million donation from Mr. and Mrs. William H. Goodwin, Jr. and the estate of the late William Hunter Goodwin III, who passed away in 2020 from cancer, will fund and support collaboration between the nation’s top cancer institutions.

President Joe Biden has expressed his support for the foundation, stating, “I’m delighted to see five of the nation’s leading cancer centers are joining forces today to build on the work of the Cancer Moonshot I was able to do during the Obama-Biden administration to help break through silos and barriers in cancer research.” Break Through Cancer also focuses heavily on particularly challenging cancers, including pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and glioblastoma. Cancer experts and teams will receive substantial funding to develop innovative treatments, clinical trials, and cures.

“We realize there are no guarantees, yet we believe this effort to fight cancer, particularly with collaborative research, has a realistic probability of success,” stated Bill Goodwin. “We want to help people have better lives. And we sincerely hope that by being public with our support, we will inspire others to support this incredible effort.”

The New England Council applauds Dana-Farber and MIT in joining this valiant effort to combat cancer. Read more from the Boston Business Journal and Dana-Farber’s press release.

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