Palmer gives $2M to Pitt for cancer research

PITTSBURGH -- Golf legend and cancer survivor Arnold Palmer has given $2 million
to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute to launch a
cancer-prevention initiative.

The money will create the Arnold Palmer Endowed Chair in Cancer
Prevention occupied by Italian epidemiologist Dr. Emanuela Taioli.
She hopes to develop a model to prevent cancer by focusing on the
lifestyles and genetics of people who remain cancer-free.

"I have confidence that the research successes gained through
this initiative will have a far-reaching impact on cancer
prevention and quality of life for survivors," said Palmer, a
native of nearby Latrobe.

University Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg called Palmer's
donation a "most extremely generous gift, one that will further
the university's long-standing tradition of contributing to the
treatment, prevention and cure of some of the most complex and
challenging diseases of our time."

Palmer, a four-time Masters champion, is an advocate of cancer
research and early detection programs. His first wife, Winifred,
died of cancer in 1999. Palmer had prostate cancer surgery in 1997.