Wilmot Family Contributes $8M to Cancer Center Campaign

Family Carries on Legacy of Advancing Research for Cures

May 12, 2008

The family of James P. Wilmot has generously donated $8 million to support the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center’s comprehensive campaign, carrying on the patriarch’s dedication to advancing cancer research in Rochester.

Thomas C. Wilmot, son of James P. Wilmot, announced the gift Saturday evening at the Discovery Ball, the Cancer Center’s major fund-raising gala.

“We’re proud to have the family of James P. Wilmot standing side-by-side with us as we create one of the best cancer centers in the nation here in Rochester,” said Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester.

The Wilmot family and its James P. Wilmot Foundation previously contributed $5 million as a jump-start to the Cancer Center’s comprehensive campaign. The additional $3 million demonstrates their continued enthusiasm for the creation of a state-of-the-art, nationally recognized cancer center in Rochester.

“We know the pain of losing people we love to cancer and are dedicated to continuing our father’s legacy of supporting efforts to find cures,” said Wilmot. “We’re very proud to have such a fine institution named for our father and we firmly believe that more great discoveries are on the horizon.”

The Wilmot Cancer Center is raising $42.5 million to fund its new facility, which will be dedicated on Thursday, May 15, and opens its doors to patients on Monday, May 19. The new Center nearly doubles clinical and research space, consolidates outpatient cancer care and research laboratories in a single location, supports the recruitment of additional scientists, and builds translational research programs to find cures. The campaign is under the leadership of Judy Wilmot Linehan and Jim Ryan Jr. With the additional Wilmot gift, the total raised is more than $41 million.

“Expanding our programs will let people of the Finger Lakes region stay close to home for the very best cancer care,” said Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director of the Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “The new facility will allow us to better serve the growing number of patients from outside the region coming to Rochester for our expert, multidisciplinary cancer care.”

As the leader in cancer care, research and education in the Finger Lakes region, Wilmot’s team of 600 doctors, nurses, scientists and support staff provide diagnosis and multidisciplinary clinical care for all forms of cancer. The Center has one of the largest clinical programs for lymphoma and leukemia in the northeast and leads the nation in shaped-beam stereotactic radiosurgery to destroy tumors that were once considered untreatable.
Thomas and Colleen Wilmot with Susan and Richard Fisher, M.D., director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, at the Discovery Ball.

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