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Carreras Foundation to Endow Clinical-Research Chair at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Date:10/16/2007

Internationally renowned tenor expresses gratitude for successful treatment

SEATTLE, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Friends of Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation has announced it will endow a chair for clinical research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in honor of E. Donnall Thomas, M.D., who pioneered the bone-marrow transplant.

The Foundation cites a strong wish to honor Carreras and Thomas, emeritus director of clinical research at the Hutchinson Center. Thomas' research in bone-marrow transplantation has saved thousands of lives and won the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

In 1987, Carreras was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and traveled to the Hutchinson Center for what proved to be a successful series of treatments, including a bone-marrow transplant. In 1988, in deep gratitude to both science and society for the life-saving treatment and the care and affection he received during his illness, Carreras enlisted the help of noted physicians and scientists to initiate the Fundacion Internacional Josep Carreras in his hometown of Barcelona.

"I want to express my deepest admiration for the work of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and its dedication toward science, leukemia patients and their families," Carreras said. "The Hutchinson Center and the Foundation share a common goal: to achieve that leukemia becomes one day a totally curable disease, always and for everyone. It is a real pleasure to collaborate with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and especially with an admirable person like Dr. Thomas."

"There are innumerable links that bind me with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and with Dr. Thomas. It is an honor and a great responsibility to continuously count on the trust, help and support of the Hutchinson Center and Dr. Thomas," Carreras said.

The Spanish Carreras foundation and branch foundations in the United States, Germany and Switzerland conce
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