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August 19, 2014

Livestrong Donates $50-Million to U. of Texas Medical School

The Livestrong Foundation announced a 10-year, $50-million gift Tuesday to establish a cancer-care project at the University of Texas's Dell Medical School, The Texas Tribune reports.

The Livestrong Cancer Institutes will be a collaboration between the Austin-based cancer charity and the medical school, which is set to open in 2016, to promote patient-centric treatments. The program will emphasize "the quality of care for the full person, not just treating them like somebody with a tumor," said Clay Johnston, the school's dean.

The gift marks a major strategic step for Livestrong, which has sought to retool since breaking with its founder, disgraced former cycling champion Lance Armstrong, in late 2012. "We’ve obviously gone through a pretty strategic planning process over the last 18 months," said Doug Ulman, the foundation's president and CEO. "This opportunity clear and away rose to the top in terms of where we could, as an organization, have the biggest long-term impact on our mission."