UAMS receives $1 million donation for cancer research facility

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute has received a $1 million gift to help complete its new breast cancer and cancer procedures facility,UAMS officials said Wednesday.

The donation was from Stuart Cobb of Little Rock, who has been involved in fundraising and volunteer efforts in support of UAMS for a number of years. Cobb is currently an auxiliary board member and is on the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation Fund board.

Cobb served as auxiliary president in 1991-1992, was named Volunteer of the Year in 1996 and co-chaired the Cooks Tour fundraising event in 1998.

“Stuart Cobb has a longstanding and special connection to the Cancer Institute,” said UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn. “Her generous donation will ensure that Arkansans have access to the most advanced facility for mammography and other essential outpatient cancer-related procedures for many years to come.”

The new research facility is being built on the third floor of the Cancer Institute at UAMS. The cancer center is currently located in the Outpatient Center.

The facility also will house equipment for bone marrow biopsy, an essential procedure for patients with blood cancers, as well as CT scanners, interventional oncology services and other radiologic procedures.