Oregon Health and Sciences University characterizes the $500 million matching grant Phil and Penny Knight announced recently as a surprise. But within the last several years, the Knights gave a $100 million to the cancer institute that bears their name and $125 million for a cardiovascular center. OHSU described both gifts as “transformative.”
Cancer researcher Brian Druker boldly asked Knight for a billion dollars to fund cancer research, saying that’s what it would take to find a cure. With this third major gift, the Knights have pledged a $500 million if OHSU can raise an equal amount in the next two years. We’ll ask Druker about exactly what a billion dollars would mean for cancer patients in the future.