The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine received an estimated $6 million estate gift that will help fund an oncology research institute.
The gift comes from Milwaukee native Barbara A. Suran, who died of cancer less than three months after signing an agreement to fund the institute. She left her estate to the school given her lifelong interest in science and medicine, both veterinary and human, along with the first hand experience of losing two of her Poodles to cancer.
"I'm hoping Wisconsin can become the leader in cancer research," Suran had told the school. "I'd like my gift to make Wisconsin number one in this field, and to benefit both dogs and people."
The Barbara A. Suran Oncology Research Institute is poised to do just that, university officials said. When the gift becomes available to the school in 12 to 18 months, it will create an endowed chair in oncology with a $3.5 million endowment for oncology research.
"We look forward to further recognizing and remembering Barbara as her dream of the institute becomes a reality," said Dr. Daryl Buss, the school's dean. "This is an incredible step forward for the school. Naming a faculty chair in oncology, combined with the Barbara A. Suran Fund for Oncology Medical Science Research Excellence, will allow us to recruit the profession's very best experts, who in turn help attract other quality faculty."