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Spanish tenor Jose Carreras opened a new ward for leukemia patients Friday after helping a German clinic fund the facility.

The Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation gave $1 million toward the cost of the ward at the Hamburg University clinic. The ward is to help patients recovering from bone marrow transplants.

The 54-year-old singer set up the foundation in the late 1980s after making a successful recovery from the blood disease. Carreras regularly holds benefit concerts for the foundation, which has supported 140 cancer projects in the past five years.

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