Hall foundation gives $10.5 million donation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Hall Family Foundation has given $10.5 million to support the University of Kansas Cancer Center's efforts to be designated a National Cancer Institute.

The university said in a news release Monday that two-thirds of the money will go toward hiring faculty and researchers for the new KU Clinical Research Center in Fairway. The money also will be used to develop drugs for pediatric cancer patients.

The remaining $3.5 million will help upgrade cancer facilities at Truman Medical Center. It will also pay for Truman's membership in the Midwest Cancer Alliance, which is part of the cancer center's bid for NCI designation.

Including Monday's gift, the Hall Family Foundation has committed almost $30 million to the effort to receive the NCI designation.

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