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More than 150 people are expected to attend a reception today to celebrate the Buffalo Niagara community raising $11.6 million for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, generating an additional $583,000 in a 5 percent matching gift from M&T Bank.

The 14-month campaign, which has raised a total of $18.1 million, will help fund Roswell Park's Center for Genetics and Pharmacology, a five-story building housing biological and genetic research.

The 170,000-square-foot center, which is expected to be completed next year, is about halfway through the construction phase and a steel foundation already has been erected at the site.

"This is providing a replacement for our aging laboratories and will give us an opportunity to find a cure for cancer," said Dr. Donald L. Trump, senior vice president of clinical research at Roswell Park.

"We are building a center that will offer hope to cancer patients through the development of promising drug therapies and new treatment options," he added.

M&T Bank chairman Robert G. Wilmers, Horizons of Hope campaign co-chairwoman Anne D. Gioia and Trump are among the speakers scheduled to address the crowd of campaign donors and friends.

The Center for Genetics and Pharmacology will be housed in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, a $160 million complex that also will include the University at Buffalo's Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute's new headquarters.


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