COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus philanthropist and entrepreneur John Messmore has pledged $5 million to support cancer research at the Ohio State University’s cancer program.
The gift – representing 25 percent of Messmore’s estate – also will support the ever-evolving research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the advanced clinical care provided at the Ohio State Medical Center’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
“My life has been touched by cancer. Many of my employees and friends have been touched by cancer. This is just one small way for me to help address a world problem,” says Messmore, a former restaurateur who developed a thriving self-storage industry in Columbus and Tampa.
The gift will strengthen and expand cancer research initiatives at Ohio State as part of an ambitious campaign to raise $500 million to advance the research, patient care and medical education mission of Ohio State’s Medical Center. “The Power to Change Lives” campaign, which runs through 2010, has raised almost $310 million.
A graduate of Franklin University, Messmore became acquainted with The James 10 years ago when a close friend was diagnosed with colon cancer. The caring treatment provided by the staff made a lasting impression on him.
“My goal is to leave everything I make to charity. This life has rewarded me with many things, and I would like my legacy to be what I can do to impact the future of others,” says Messmore, who sits on the boards of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Anthony Robbins Foundation.
Dr. David E. Schuller, senior executive director of The James and medical director of the Power to Change Lives campaign, adds, “This unselfish donation will help us to proceed with our planned cancer program expansion and achieve our goal of becoming a world-class facility that links cutting-edge research to exemplary patient care.”
“Through the generosity of our benefactor, Ohio State scientists will continue working to save lives through innovative research designed to improve detection, treatment and prevention of cancer,” says Dr. Michael Caligiuri, director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 39 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers.# # #
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