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Keck School of Medicine of USC receives $24 million gift from Sumner M. Redstone
Date:7/15/2010

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) has announced a $24 million charitable gift from media executive and philanthropist Sumner M. Redstone. The multi-million dollar gift will support cancer research directed by renowned oncologist David Agus, M.D., professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center.

The donation to the Keck School of Medicine of USC is part of more than $100 million in previously announced charitable grants that Redstone has awarded to fund initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. His contributions have funded research and patient care advancements in cancer, burn recovery and mental health at several major non-profit healthcare organizations, and have provided support for groups that care for impoverished children in Southeast Asia. In addition, Redstone recently donated more than $1 million each to medical research programs at Autism Speaks and to fund scholarships at Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Boston Latin School.

USC has received a portion of the Redstone gift in the form of charitable grants. The remainder of the pledge will be donated over the next three years.

"David Agus is not only an accomplished scientist who is literally changing how we think about cancer, but is also a remarkable physician who brings tremendous skill and compassion to his work with patients," said Redstone. "I was fortunate to meet Dr. Agus shortly after I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and since that time I have benefitted from his expertise. He quite literally saved my life, as he has done for many others.

"It is a privilege to be able to contribute to his groundbreaking work now under way at USC's Keck School of Medicine, which has not only become an important center for outstanding patient care, but also for excellence in clinical cancer research," Redston
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Contact: Leslie Ridgeway
leslie.ridgeway@usc.edu
323-442-2823
University of Southern California
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