An 89-year-old USC graduate has given $5 million to create and support the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Center for Cancer Drug Discovery within the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Harold R. Brown, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in August, is a previous donor to USC Norris and graduated from the university in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
“I have been fortunate to do well in business, and now through my efforts as trustee of the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Charitable Foundation, want to give back to a cause that is not only personally important to me, but addresses a great need in society, finding a cure for cancer,” Brown said.
The new center, named in honor of Brown’s parents, will focus on accelerating the development of groundbreaking cancer treatments.
“The importance of conducting research to develop more effective and less toxic cancer therapies cannot be overestimated,” said Caryn Lerman, director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate dean for cancer programs at the USC Keck School.
“This gift will enable us to leverage the talent of USC Norris scientists and dedicated clinicians and ensure that our groundbreaking discoveries move not from bench to bookshelf, but from bench to bedside, transforming cancer care and survivorship for all people,” Lerman said.
According to a USC statement, the gift “will have an immediate impact by supporting the development of new clinical trials that build on USC Norris discoveries of the underlying causes of cancer and disease progression. Initial projects will be sharply focused on cancers that disproportionately affect members of the community for whom there are dramatic ethnic and racial disparities, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.”
Dr. Laura Mosqueda, dean of the Keck School, said Brown’s gift “will significantly enhance our mission of finding cures and offering renewed hope for all who are impacted by cancer.”
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