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 Cheryl Saban, Larry Ellison, Christina Aguilera, Haim Saban, Dr. David Agus and David Ellison

 Cheryl Saban, Larry Ellison, Christina Aguilera, Haim Saban, Dr. David Agus
 and David Ellison

 Larry Ellison and Dr. David Agus
 Larry Ellison and Dr. David Agus

$200 MILLION GIFT ESTABLISHES

LAWRENCE J. ELLISON INSTITUTE FOR TRANSFORMATIVE MEDICINE
OF USC
 

ANNOUNCEMENT MADE AT THE REBELS WITH A CAUSE GALA HONORING

NOTED PHILANTHROPISTS AND CIVIC LEADERS DR. CHERYL SABAN AND HAIM SABAN BENEFITING

USC CENTER FOR APPLIED MOLECULAR MEDICINE FOR LIFE-SAVING CANCER RESEARCH

 

LOS ANGELES  - Oracle founder and Chairman Larry Ellison has announced a
 $200 million gift to the University of Southern California to establish the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC.  His announcement was made last evening, May 11, 2016, by Ellison at the third biennial Rebels With a Cause gala honoring Dr. Cheryl and Haim Saban and benefitting the groundbreaking research led by David B. Agus, MD, Director of the USC Norris Westside Cancer Center and the Center of Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. 

Honorary Co-Chair C .L. Max Nikias, President of the University of Southern California, welcomed more than 500 luminaries and introduced David Ellison, CEO and Founder, Skydance Media who co-chaired the event with wife, singer Sandy.  Ellison thanked guests and supporters for the largest Rebels event to date, and introduced the first entertainer of the evening, British-born singer/songwriter Leona Lewis, who performed her hit single “Fire Under My Feet.” 

Entertainment continued with funnyman host James Corden of The Late Late Show, who performed an original song and parody, “My Breakup with Cancer.”

The highlight of the evening was the introduction of Larry Ellison, Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer by Dr. David Agus.  “It is an honor and a privilege to team up with Larry Ellison in the fight against cancer,” said Agus.  “Larry understands the need for transformation in cancer care.  His gift will enable us to change our very approach to cancer research, treatment and prevention.  We will create a new paradigm, where patients and research have the opportunity to interact, and where research is not taking place in an isolated silo.  I believe with Larry’s support, we can advance our research to the next level, allowing the most effective treatments to benefit patients who are in urgent need of new  therapies – today.” 

Larry Ellison, Oracle Corporation's Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer said, "Tonight I'm announcing a gift of $200 million to the University of Southern California to build an interdisciplinary center for cancer research headed by Dr. David Agus.  The new Institute will invite mathematicians, physicists and other scientists to collaborate with cancer researchers from the traditional disciplines of medicine and biology.  We believe the interdisciplinary approach will yield up new insights currently hidden in existing patient data."

The evening continued with a stirring rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Emmy and Tony winning actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth who dedicated the song to Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland, who was in the audience and is a cancer survivor.

Dr. Agus returned to the stage and presented the 2016 Rebels With A Cause award to
 Dr. Cheryl and Haim Saban.  In accepting the award, the Sabans noted, “Dr. Agus and his team are trailblazers in the fight against cancer, and we are thrilled with the overwhelming support this year’s gala generated for their innovative, groundbreaking research.  We are honored to join him in the fight against this horrible disease and look forward to the positive and life-changing impact his research will have for generations to come.”

The program portion of the evening ended on a high note with Grammy Award winning singer Christina Aguilera performing her hits, “Beautiful” and “Fighter” to a standing ovation.

The event continued with The Next Gen Rebels After-Party featuring today’s best music played by Jason Bentley, host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis.  The addition of an after-party was designed to introduce young adults to the groundbreaking cancer prevention research underway with David B. Agus, MD and the team at USC’s Center for Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM).

 

ABOUT THE USC CENTER FOR APPLIED MOLECULAR MEDICINE (CAMM)

The USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine was founded at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 2009 by David B. Agus, M.D., to develop new cross-disciplinary approaches to treating and preventing cancer.  The Center includes team members with expertise spanning oncology, cancer biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, computer science, electrical engineering, bioorganic chemistry, physics and applied mathematics.  The CAMM program includes the clinical care of cancer patients at the USC Norris Westside Cancer Center in Beverly Hills.  For information, visit CAMM.USC.edu

 

Rebels With A Cause was produced by internationally acclaimed director and producer Don Mischer and sixteen-time Grammy Award winner David Foster returned as
 Musical Director.

 

Website:  BeARebel.org

Facebook:  Facebook.com/RebelsWithACause

 

 

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