Two longtime supporters of Rochester area charities and foundations are committing $1.5 million to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center.
The gift, from Phil and Marilyn Wehrheim, will fund the Philip and Marilyn Wehrheim Professorship, officials said. It will be used to support and retain Craig Jordan, director of hematological translational research for the Wilmot Cancer Center.
Jordan is a nationally recognized leader in cancer stem cell research and his lab is making breakthroughs in understanding and eradicating those cells that give rise to cancer, URMC officials said. His research focuses on innovative therapies for leukemia and other hematologic malignancies.
“This community has been very good to us and we just felt we wanted to give back,” said Marilyn Wehrheim, a UR graduate and Rochester native. “We were looking for something to benefit the community and we chose the Wilmot Cancer Center. Cancer has taken a lot of our friends. We wanted to keep talented researchers in our community.”
The professorship is not the first gift the Wehrheims have given to the Wilmot Cancer Center. In 2008, they gave $250,000 to help fund the new Wilmot Cancer Center facility.
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