Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine has announced a $1 million gift from Linda and William Fleischhauer toward a radiation therapy facility to treat cancer in small animals.
The university completed construction of the Linda and William Fleischhauer Radiation Therapy Facility in December. The 2,300-square-foot addition to Lynn Hall cost about $1.4 million, plus another $500,000 to equip.
Dr. Elikplimi Asem, interim dean of the veterinary school, said that former dean Dr. Alan Rebar started working on the project about a decade ago. Dr. Rebar, now head of Purdue's Discovery Park for interdisciplinary research and entrepreneurism, met the Fleischhauers through mutual acquaintances who had to travel to a neighboring state for radiation therapy for their dog. The Fleischhauers also have Purdue alumni care for their two Maltese dogs.
Other gifts and university funds will help pay for Purdue's radiation therapy unit. Dolores McCall, an oil and gas investor from Midland, Texas, is giving the school a $1 million deferred gift to support research on cancer and other diseases in small animals. An additional $1 million cash gift from McCall, whose cats benefited from the care of a Purdue alumnus, will finance a professorship for a radiation oncologist to work in the new facility.
Dr. Mimi Arighi, director of the veterinary hospital, said she expects to treat approximately 140 animals per year at the new facility.
The Fleischhauers, of Lafayette, Ind., and Naples, Fla., have been in the student housing business in West Lafayette for three decades.