LITTLE ROCK, AR - The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences announced today that it is renaming its cancer research center for the late Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller, who died from a rare blood disorder related to leukemia.
The facility will be called the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. The university broke ground today on a $125 million expansion of the center.
Rockefeller's widow Lisenne and two of Rockefeller's sons attended the groundbreaking. Lisenne Rockefeller says she is pleased the center is being named for her late husband and says she hopes the center will offer more treatment options for people with cancer in Arkansas.
UAMS also announced that the Rockefeller Foundation has made donation of more than $12 million to the cancer center. The money will in part fund a new leukemia/lymphoma program.