Palmer gives $2M to Pitt for cancer research

Updated: May 3, 2006, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Golf legend and cancer survivor Arnold Palmer has given $2 million to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute to launch a cancer-prevention initiative.

The money will create the Arnold Palmer Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention occupied by Italian epidemiologist Dr. Emanuela Taioli. She hopes to develop a model to prevent cancer by focusing on the lifestyles and genetics of people who remain cancer-free.

"I have confidence that the research successes gained through this initiative will have a far-reaching impact on cancer prevention and quality of life for survivors," said Palmer, a native of nearby Latrobe.

University Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg called Palmer's donation a "most extremely generous gift, one that will further the university's long-standing tradition of contributing to the treatment, prevention and cure of some of the most complex and challenging diseases of our time."

Palmer, a four-time Masters champion, is an advocate of cancer research and early detection programs. His first wife, Winifred, died of cancer in 1999. Palmer had prostate cancer surgery in 1997.

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