Today, Irving and Dianne Kipnes announced that they would be donating $5 million towards lymphedema research at the University of Calgary. Dianne, who suffers from lymphedema as a result of her cervical cancer treatment, hopes the gift will help others get the help they need. It is estimated that up to 60 per cent of cancer survivors are or will face a situation of lymphedema.
Their donation will assist the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine and the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases.
I want to congratulate both Irv and Dianne on their wonderful gift. Philanthropy such as this makes a huge contribution to important university research, and their donation will help raise awareness about this serious and little-understood disease.
For more information on the gift, view Global Edmonton’s article