The gift will be used to establish the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes and break new ground in patient-centered care by developing and promoting innovative cancer research and teaching practices. Established in part with the goal of making Austin a center of comprehensive cancer care, the school will enroll its first class of students in the summer of 2016. The gift pushes total contributions to UT Austin's eight-year capital campaign past its $3 billion goal a few weeks ahead of its formal conclusion.
"Our partnership with the University of Texas's Dell Medical School will allow the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes to reach more patients, not just here in Texas but around the world, as we create a replicable and scalable model of care that's centered on the needs and lives of patients," said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the Livestrong Foundation. "This is not about new buildings, but rather about radically shifting a culture of care to be more inclusive, providing care for all who need it. The institutes are a game changer for us and a game changer for the cancer community."
"The LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes will bring to the Dell Medical School the cause of patient-centered care that has been at the heart of the foundation's work since its beginning seventeen years ago," said UT Austin president Bill Powers. "Revolutionary advances will flow from this partnership. Lives will be saved, and lives will be made far better because of the Livestrong Foundation's generosity and strategic vision."