Sanford employees received the following message:
While we planned to announce specifics about Mr. Sanford’s $100 million gift this summer some additional information is becoming public via media channels today. I want you, our Sanford family, to hear the new details first.
It is with a sense of pride and conviction that we confirm that Mr. Sanford’s $100 million gift will launch a national breast cancer initiative. According to the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, breast cancer is second only to lung cancer for new diagnoses (1,383,523) and deaths (458,367) annually. An estimated 10 million women are living with diagnosed breast cancer. This is a very personal cause for nearly everyone, whether it be with a mother, wife, sister, daughter or friend.
As promised, during the third week of August we will unveil the new breast cancer initiative. Built on the foundation of exceptional cancer programs at Sanford, this new initiative will create a world class center for the research, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
Kelby K. Krabbenhoft
President and CEO