Children’s National receives $96M brain cancer research gift

D.C.-based Children’s National Hospital has received a $96 million donation from an anonymous donor family. The hospital will use it to advance brain tumor research in children.

It is one of the largest donations in the hospital’s history.

Children’s National will use the gift to recruit more top talent and advance what it says are the most promising research for safer and more effective treatments for children with rare brain tumors.

Children’s National said the donation fundamentally changes the treatment and long-term outcomes for children with brain cancer.

“This incredible partnership will lift up one of the nation’s top pediatric brain tumor programs into the stratosphere,” said Kurt Newman, M.D., president and CEO of Children’s National. “It will immediately propel our best-in-class research and care, allowing us to bring new therapies to children with brain tumors.

Brain tumors are the most common solid tumor cancer affecting children.

Children’s National is already leading a new collaborative with hospitals in North America, South America and Europe to find novel treatments for rare brain tumor diseases.

Children’s National was recently ranked No. 5 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals list.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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