Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sioux Falls-based health system will use $100 million gift to fight breast cancer

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


The Archer of the Forest said...

I find it ironic that you are posting this, as Mr Sanford made his money off usury, as the former chairman/owner of First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard.

TLF+ said...

Absolutely ironic, Archer... but I'm just relieved it wasn't the rumored fetal stem cell research.

I remember living on the East Coast, and from time to time there would actually be a case of "should we give the mafia don who built the hospital a church funeral?"

I'm just passing on the news... I always use the Avera logo when I share their developments :)

David Handy+ said...

Yes, it's ironic all right, but life on a fallen planet still awaiting the consummation of redemption is full of such ironies.

Isn't Mr. Sanford a Catholic? In light of Thomas Aquinas' uncompromising denunciation of usury that adds a further wrinkle of irony.

Now as I recall, earlier Mr. Sanford made a whopping $400 million gift that's being used to fund a world class research center devoted to curing a main type of Hepatitis, right?

So that makes at least a total of $500 mil given by him. Hmmm, that's twenty easy payments of $25 mil each.

Well, hey, at least he didn't try to buy an NFL franchise with all that money. Who knows? Maybe soon, the Sandford health system will be as famous as Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

And surely, some of all those new doctors and brilliant researchers moving to town must be Anglicans, right?