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Texas Tech urges the community to stand together to support a cancer center

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We have a problem in West Texas. We're turning away grant money that could go to fighting cancer and saving lives here at home.  That's the frustration from many at Texas Tech this morning after a meeting with officials from CPRIT.  CPRIT stands for Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.  

That group came here today to say that CPRIT is willing to give big money to Texas Tech, which is earmarked for cancer research.  But by state law, the folks out here need to match it with half.  In other words, for every dollar given to us from CPRIT, we need a donation here of 50 cents.  It's not happening yet, but the results could be huge.

Dr. Patrick Reynolds said, "There is such an opportunity here to make things better for cancer patients. We have CPRIT, no other has this. We have those dollars available to us. We could build a cancer center here that could get designated by the National Cancer Center, and CPRIT, I'm sure is willing to help us do that.  But we really need community support in order to make that happen."

Dr. Reynolds says it's frustrating because right now 99 percent of all that research money is going to East Texas because that's where the folks are stepping up to match a dollar with 50 cents.  If you'd like to learn more about this, or help make the wheels turn in getting big money for cancer research here at Texas Tech, call 743-2786.

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