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Significant Gift in Support of Cancer Research

Posted on October 9, 2016

Louisiana Cancer Research Center Receives $50,000 Memorial Gift

Donation from Milton H. Latter Foundation Will Enhance Cancer Education and Research

New Orleans, LA – The Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC), the powerful public-private partnership created in 2002 to reduce the toll cancer takes on Louisiana families, received a generous gift of $50,000 last week from the Milton H. Latter Educational and Charitable Foundation. The gift was donated to the LCRC in memory of Mary Dee Latter and Dr. Lee C. Schlesinger to assist in promoting education and continuing research for the diagnosis, detection and treatment of cancer.

The gift was presented to the LCRC by Ms. Patricia L. Barnett, the foundation’s president, and Lisa A. Schlesinger, a family member on the board, at their monthly meeting last week. Katherine L. Buckman, the third family member on the board was unable to attend.

The Milton H. Latter Foundation selected the LCRC for its ongoing efforts to educate the public about cancer and impact the lives of those of touched by cancer in Louisiana, as well as providing continual cancer research efforts. The LCRC’s research advances, clinical trials, smoking cessation programs and community engagement efforts are designed to positively impact the lives of residents across the state.

“There isn’t a single person in Louisiana who has not been touched by cancer in one way or another,” says Sven Davisson, LCRC Chief Administrative Officer. “More than 25,000 people will be diagnosed in Louisiana this year. The generous gift from the Milton H. Latter Foundation will go a long way toward reducing these numbers.”

“Donations like this one help our scientists study the genetics of cancer, develop new drug therapies, discover contributing factors to drug resistance and conduct clinical trials in our state-of-the-art research facility,” he added. “At the same time, it also helps us develop the next generation of cancer researchers—right here at home.

“It is an honor and a privilege to present our gift to the Louisiana Cancer Research Center,” says Patricia L. Barnett, President of the Milton H. Latter Educational and Charitable Foundation. “The Latter and Schlesinger families, like so many in Louisiana, have been touched by the tragedy and heartbreak of cancer. We hope our gift will help make New Orleans the location of what we believe will be one of the preeminent facilities in cancer research in the country.   The doctors and staff of the Center are some of the finest in the nation and we are optimistic that they will succeed in their mission to help find a cure for cancer. We encourage other foundations and charitable persons to join us in supporting the Center. There is a great need for the kind of research, education and care the LCRC will offer.”


About the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC)

Founded by the Louisiana State Legislature in 2002, the LCRC is a public-private partnership designed to promote education about cancer and conduct important research on the diagnosis, detection and treatment of cancer in Louisiana. The LCRC partners with the public at large and four major cancer research institutions in Louisiana: LSU Health Sciences Services, Ochsner Health System, Tulane University and Xavier University. It employs more than 200 researchers and provides state-of-the-art research and clinical testing space in a ten-story building on Tulane Avenue, offering 170,000 square feet devoted to contributing to scientific research in Louisiana. Phase 2 of construction—clinical trial space—will be completed in 2016.

The LCRC also promotes tobacco cessation efforts and engages with community and faith-based organizations to promote risk assessments, public awareness programs and smoking cessation. The Keys to the Cure Gala coming in Fall 2016 will continue raising critical funds for the LCRC’s efforts.

Personal donations may be made to the LCRC by visiting and clicking the “support” button on the home page.

About the Milton H. Latter Educational and Charitable Foundation

The Milton H Latter Educational and Charitable Foundation was established in 1946.

The objects and purposes for which the Foundation was founded were to offer support exclusively to educational and charitable programs and institutions. This to be accomplished by donation, endowment or otherwise aiding any library, hospital, school, college or other educational or charitable institution or institutions now or hereafter located within the State of Louisiana.

The Foundation donated the Milton H Latter Memorial Library to the City of New Orleans in 1948. In 1976, the Latter library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.