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Jack And Betty Moore Pledge Multi-million Dollar Gift To Fund Women’s Cancer Research

Monday, September 28, 2015
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West Cancer Center announced today a personal significant gift from Jack and Betty Moore to The University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research, the fundraising arm of West Cancer Center. This generous commitment to the UT/West Institute’s Capital Campaign is in honor of West Clinic’s founder, and the Moore’s Brother-in-Law, William H. West, MD, who lost his mother to breast cancer. The gift will rename West’s and Methodist Healthcare’s Comprehensive Breast Centers to the Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center.

West Cancer Center announced today a personal significant gift from Jack and Betty Moore to The University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research, the fundraising arm of West Cancer Center. This generous commitment to the UT/West Institute’s Capital Campaign is in honor of West Clinic’s founder, and the Moore’s Brother-in-Law, William H. West, MD, who lost his mother to breast cancer. The gift will rename West’s and Methodist Healthcare’s Comprehensive Breast Centers to the Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center.

“Jack and I are thrilled to contribute to West Cancer Center’s vision for helping others in our great community,” said Betty Moore. “After losing his mother to breast cancer, Bill’s mission became very clear: to provide world-class cancer treatment and research in his hometown of Memphis. This remains the foundation of West Cancer Center today, and we are proud to show our love and honor Bill’s meaningful work and legacy with this gift.”

This philanthropic gift will provide much-needed funds to support research and initiatives within the UT/West Institute’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Cancers.  According to Lee S. Schwartzberg, MD, Executive Director of West Cancer Center, “There is rapid progress taking place in the world of cancer research, but there is much more work to do. Thanks to the generosity of donors like Jack and Betty, we are developing the resources necessary to translate discoveries into impactful treatment, right here in Memphis. I couldn’t imagine a more fitting tribute for Bill, whose vision and legacy continue to shape our work at West Cancer Center, every single day.”

“Bill and I are truly humbled by this generous gift in honor of Bill’s work and in recognition of his mother’s legacy,” said Carole West, Betty’s sister and wife of Dr. West. “We are extremely appreciative of what this gift will mean for those impacted by cancer and all who walk through the doors of West Cancer Center in search of help and healing.”