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Fort Worth cancer institute receives $10 million pledge

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The UT Southwestern Medical Center and Fort Worth’s Moncrief Cancer Foundation each have pledged $5 million to bring comprehensive cancer services to Fort Worth and surrounding communities through the UT Southwestern/Moncrief Cancer Institute.

“The Fort Worth community will benefit from a cancer center that delivers comprehensive services, including infusion therapy and cancer imaging in addition to Moncrief Cancer Institute’s current programs of cancer prevention, cancer
survivorship and population research,” said Keith Argenbright, MD, director of Moncrief Cancer Institute, in a news release.

Moncrief Cancer Institute was started by W.A. Moncrief in 1966 when his son W. A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr. lost his 8-year-old daughter to leukemia. The institute now is funded in large part by the philanthropy of W.A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. and his family, who say expanding the institute’s mission to include patient treatment, clinical trials and cancer-related research will benefit generations of Fort Worth-area citizens, according to the release.

“My family has been touched by cancer and we therefore take the fight against cancer very personally and very seriously,” said Tex Moncrief, in the release. “We want to defeat this horrible disease while in the meantime ensuring our community has every resource necessary to offer the best cancer care and treatment for our fellow citizens.”

In November 2012, the Moncrief Cancer Institute moved into a new state-of-the art headquarters, in the hospital district area of near-south Fort Worth. Cancer treatment, clinical trials and expanded research will be provided and undertaken at the Magnolia Avenue location. The expanded services are scheduled to begin in spring 2015.

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