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  • UH Cancer Center has expanded its support of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center with a gift of $100,000 to aid in cancer research.

Drew Santos, president of Cooling Cancer and president of Admor HVAC Products, and his wife, Shirley Santos, presented the gift last week to Dr. Loic Le Marchand, interim director at the UH Cancer Center.

Fighting cancer is personal for Santos — in one year he lost his father and a co-worker lost their mother to cancer, while another employee was fighting cancer and yet another employee’s wife was battling breast cancer. He started in 2013 with the goal of raising money for the UH Cancer Center through an annual golf tournament.

“The UH Cancer Center is doing world-class research right here in Hawaiʻi,” Santos said. “We’re proud to be able to raise money from local residents and businesses and keep it in Hawaiʻi to support the fight against cancer.”

"We are very grateful for this generous donation which builds on many years of support from the CoolingCancer foundation,” said Le Marchand. “These funds have made a tremendous difference in our effort to reduce the burden of cancer in the state."

Since 2013, the nonprofit organization has given a total of $445,000 to support cancer research at the UH Cancer Center.

“We are so grateful for CoolingCancer’s incredible generosity and their intentional focus on funding research to fight cancer,” said Tim Dolan, UH vice president of advancement and CEO of the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation. “It’s truly inspiring to see how much they have done and how their support has grown each year.”

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The University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center through its various activities, including scientific research and clinical trials, adds more than $57 million to the O‘ahu economy. It is one of only 71 research institutions designated by the National Cancer Institute. An organized research unit within the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the UH Cancer Center is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, patient care, and community outreach with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Learn more at Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @UHCancerCenter.

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