Georgia Cancer Center receives $1 million donation - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Georgia Cancer Center receives $1 million donation

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

A $60+ million cancer research facility is in the home stretch of being built in downtown Augusta. But it's still missing a candidate for a hugely important role. Now, a generous donation could help the facility to attract more applicants to that role.

The center is over 75,000 square feet and in October when the doors open, the M. Bert Storey Research Building is expected to be a catalyst for cancer research. But as it wraps up construction it's also wrapping up the search for a new Director, so one homegrown investor decided to invest.

"It was at the end of the year and it seemed like an opportune time to perhaps to make the gift in hopes that it might sweeten the pot," says Peter Knox, Businessman & Philanthropist. 

Knox, who just moved back to the CSRA from Florida, donated $1 million to the Georgia Cancer Center. This donation will be in a special fund just for the new director to use to address the needs he or she thinks are needed when they start the job. No strings attached. "I'm not a scientist or a doctor. I would not presume to tell them to use any of that money," says Knox.

"This new director will allow us to do new basic research here which ultimately will result in greater clinical trials that provide patients here in Augusta with the absolute state of the art treatment of disease," says Dr. Brooks Keel, President of Augusta University. And that could come in the form of recruitment for new doctors and researchers for the building. The research center has a bridge on Laney Walker that will connect the new research building to the current patient clinic. It will house storage, research, and workspaces all aimed for one goal: finding cures for all types of cancer.

"We carry a great responsibility that we should be providing outstanding healthcare not only for the CSRA, which of course we're very proud about, but outstanding healthcare for the entire state of Georgia and Region," says Dr. Keel. He says he expects a candidate to be chosen within the next several months.

Copyright 2018 WFXG. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Ironman 70.3 makes its way to Augusta

    Ironman 70.3 makes its way to Augusta

    Sunday, September 23 2018 5:21 PM EDT2018-09-23 21:21:51 GMT
    Ironman 70.3 returned to Augusta and it proves year in and year out that it attracts thousands to the C-S-R-A. More than 3,000 athletes competed in this race. It consists of swimming through the Savannah River, Biking through Aiken County & running through downtown Augusta. FOX 54 caught up with one family who's from out of town as they were cheering on their dad & husband Mark who competed for the 2nd time. "It's fun. We love doing family events so we kind of...More >>
    Ironman 70.3 returned to Augusta and it proves year in and year out that it attracts thousands to the C-S-R-A. More than 3,000 athletes competed in this race. It consists of swimming through the Savannah River, Biking through Aiken County & running through downtown Augusta. FOX 54 caught up with one family who's from out of town as they were cheering on their dad & husband Mark who competed for the 2nd time. "It's fun. We love doing family events so we kind of...More >>
  • UPDATE: GBI investigating murder suicide; after man barricaded in home in McDuffie

    UPDATE: GBI investigating murder suicide; after man barricaded in home in McDuffie

    Sunday, September 23 2018 2:20 PM EDT2018-09-23 18:20:58 GMT
    Scene in McDuffie county 9/23/18 (WFXG)Scene in McDuffie county 9/23/18 (WFXG)

    An early morning shooting in McDuffie County leaves one person dead and the situation is still ongoing at this time. FOX 54 has confirmed that several state and local law enforcement agencies are on the scene where a shooting death occurred at Red Haven Drive around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

    More >>

    An early morning shooting in McDuffie County leaves one person dead and the situation is still ongoing at this time. FOX 54 has confirmed that several state and local law enforcement agencies are on the scene where a shooting death occurred at Red Haven Drive around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

    More >>
  • Pregnant woman taken in North Augusta home invasion

    Pregnant woman taken in North Augusta home invasion

    Sunday, September 23 2018 1:26 PM EDT2018-09-23 17:26:00 GMT
    Kerrie Edgerly (source: Edgefield County Sheriff's Office)Kerrie Edgerly (source: Edgefield County Sheriff's Office)
    Kerrie Edgerly (source: Edgefield County Sheriff's Office)Kerrie Edgerly (source: Edgefield County Sheriff's Office)

    A pregnant woman is missing after a home invasion in North Augusta Sunday morning. According to the Edgefield county Sheriff's Office, two white men entered a home on Ryan Ranch Ct. at around 9:30 a.m. and demanded money from the homeowner.

    More >>

    A pregnant woman is missing after a home invasion in North Augusta Sunday morning. According to the Edgefield county Sheriff's Office, two white men entered a home on Ryan Ranch Ct. at around 9:30 a.m. and demanded money from the homeowner.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly