Xerox Foundation Donates $75,000 to Support Wilmot Cancer Center

Funds Will Enhance Cancer Care and Research in Rochester

May 15, 2003

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center today announced a $75,000 donation from the Xerox Foundation to support the 2003 Discovery Ball and cancer care in Rochester.

As the flagship sponsor of the fourth annual gala, Xerox will help the Wilmot Cancer Center raise nearly $500,000. The money will be used to advance cancer care and research in Rochester.

The donation was made in honor of David T. Kearns, who served as Chairman and CEO of Xerox from 1982-90. Kearns, a sinus cancer survivor, will tonight receive the Wilmot Cancer Center’s Inspiration Award for his determination and spirit, which gives hope to people with cancer.

The Wilmot Cancer Center is the leader in cancer care in Upstate New York, with cutting-edge clinical and research programs.

"Every day our team of doctors, nurses, and staff work to help people fighting cancer. Their efforts are enhanced by the work of our scientists, who help improve our treatments and therapies. Support from our community is integral to advancing care and we are grateful for Xerox’s commitment to fighting cancer," said Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director of the Wilmot Cancer Center and cancer services for Strong Health.

Kearns was diagnosed with sinus cancer in 1992, while serving as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education under former President George H.W. Bush. He endured aggressive treatment to beat the disease.

Throughout his treatment, which resulted in a significant loss of his sight and hearing, Kearns continued his campaign to improve educational standards and opportunities for children. He is chairman emeritus of New American Schools Corp., working for education reform.

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