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Helmsley Charitable Trust awards $3.5M grant for breast cancer program

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The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded a multi-million dollar grant to fund the Northern Great Plains Personalized Breast Cancer Program.

The $5.9 million project is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Eppley Cancer Center in Omaha, Avera Health's Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls and other rural healthcare centers across the Northern Plains.

Monday, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announced it awarded $3.5 million grant to UNMC Eppley Cancer Center.

The program works to provide breast cancer patients with state-of-the-art cancer genomic analysis and personalized treatment options. It utilizes the Eppley Cancer Center's state-wide affiliate cancer center network in Nebraska, Avera's network of more than 300 healthcare centers across the region, Trinity Health Cancer Center in Minot, ND and Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Wyoming.

Trustee Walter Panzirer of the Helmsley Charitable Trust, said, "This project is a continuation of The Trust's goal to bring state of the art cancer detection and treatment to patients in the upper Midwest. By partnering with Eppley Cancer Center a National Cancer Institute, women and men will have access to gold standard treatment and consultation from experts no matter where they live."

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