ExxonMobil awards $18 million in grants to Texas Medical Center institutions
Three Texas Medical Center institutions — The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute — will receive grants from ExxonMobil totaling $18 million. ExxonMobil Corporation Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson announced the donation at a press conference Oct. 2.
“ExxonMobil has had a long and deep involvement with Houston and Texas,” said Tillerson. “These world-renowned institutions are helping improve the health and lives of families in the greater Houston area and around the world, and we’re proud to support their important mission.”
The largest grant, $10 million, will support MD Anderson’s Healthy Community Initiative, which aims to reduce cancer deaths by encouraging policies, education, behaviors and services that promote health and prevent cancer.
“With this leadership gift we have the opportunity to make the vision of a healthy Texas a reality,” said MD Anderson President Ron DePinho. “We’re grateful for ExxonMobil’s generosity to MD Anderson, its commitment to our community and its partnership in our mission to end cancer.”
Texas Heart Institute will receive $5 million, which, according to Texas Heart Institute President James T. Willerson, M.D., will be used for developing new treatments and prevention strategies for cardiovascular disease.
“Cardiovascular disease is the number one threat to the health of all Americans and this transformational gift will help us break even more new ground in the fight against it,” said Willerson.
The final $3 million will go to Texas Children’s Hospital and will be directed at supporting research and clinical services for children, including care and treatment of life-threatening liver diseases. The grant will also contribute to expanding services in development and behavior pediatrics and supporting nurses earning baccalaureate degrees.
“Physicians and researchers across every pediatric specialty and subspecialty are making incredible advances at Texas Children’s every day,’’ said Dr. Mark Kline, physician-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital. “All of us are delighted about ExxonMobil’s commitment to support the hospital.”