New MD Anderson Cancer Clinic Dedication

The new ambulatory clinic at MD Anderson Cancer Center has been named in honor of Clear Channel owners Lowry and Peggy Mays. As Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports, the Mays family contributed $20 million to cancer research.

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The Lowry and Peggy Mays Clinic was named in honor of the $20 million dollar contribution to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Lowry Mays says he and his wife are both cancer survivors and that's why the donated the money to research.

"It's a very humbling position for me to be in and to have my name on -- and Peggy's name on -- on this great building."

The clinic opened last year as the first clinic to be built apart from M.D. Anderson's main campus. Cancer Center President Dr. John Mendelsohn says the outpatient clinic is already filling up.

"The clinic is critical to our mission. There are more and more patients getting cancer today because we're living longer, although there are fewer of them dying of cancer because our treatments are getting better. And we needed the space to grow into, to expand our clinical and research activities."

Former President George Bush was at the dedication of the new building. He says he believes medical science is one of the great frontiers of the future.

"As we journey inside the human body and learn more of its secrets, use the knowledge we gain to improve the quality of human life, medical science is on the move and will help solve all of these problems."

The $20 million donation will directly fund six areas of cancer research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Laurie Johnson Houston Public Radio News.

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