UAMS cancer center receives $20M in contributions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock say one of its cancer centers has received about $20 million in state funding and philanthropic contributions.

In an announcement Tuesday, UAMS officials say the funding will help pay for new laboratory construction and research programs by the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy. They say the myeloma institute received about $5 million from the state's General Improvement Funds, which was matched 3-to-1 by philanthropic contributions.

The first matching gift was $5 million and was made by the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund.

The center researches and offers clinical care of multiple myeloma - a rare form of bone marrow cancer. More than 11,000 patients nationwide and from around the world have sought treatment at the myeloma institute.

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