Oregon Health and Science University received a $100 million anonymous gift for the Knight Cancer Institute Monday. The institute is close to matching the $500 million challenge issued by Phil and Penny Knight last year.
When the Knights said they’d give OHSU half a billion dollars if it could raise another half billion, the school was taken aback both by the sum involved and the 2016 deadline.
But Cancer Institute Director Brian Druker says they’ve now raised $418 million.
“What we’ve already begun to do is we’ve already begun to recruit to this program,” he said.
“I mean we’re getting interest from people that I could only have dreamed of and they’re likely going to move to Oregon to work on cancer so this has absolutely elevated us to the national stage and allows us to be on the same caliber as a Mayo Clinic as a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,” he explained.
Druker says donations have come from 43 of the 50 states and from Canada, but the bulk comes from Oregon.