Harold Hamm Has $20 Billion and One Top Cause: Diabetes. What's He Up To?

"We want to eradicate diabetes in our lifetime," Hamm wrote in his Giving Pledge letter about what he and his wife hope to do through their healthcare giving. You can't get much more ambitious than that. And the Hamms are already hard at work.
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Is Collaboration the Key to Success? The Adelsons Sure Think So.

Today's medical research world too often pits scientist against each other and prevents collaboration that could speed up breakthroughs. That's why Miriam and Sheldon Adelson have sunk tens of millions of dollars into a very different model.
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It's Personal: Why This Real Estate Mogul Is Funding Disease Research

Conrad Prebys, grew up blue collar in South Bend, Indiana, saw his brother get polio, and suffered through a whole year of being bedridden when he succumbed to a heart infection. Now, Prebys is giving $25 million to the Salk Institute.
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Jeff Bezos Is Getting Behind Immunotherapy In a Bigger Way

In 2009, Bezos gave the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center a $10 million challenge gift to expand the use of immunotherapy for breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Now he's giving twice that much, the biggest Bezos gift yet, to expand on this research to take on lung, ovarian, pancreatic, and colon cancers.
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How Mark Cuban Got Interested in Hunter Syndrome

Every time the NBA fines Dallas Mavericks owner and tech mogul Mark Cuban, he matches that fine with a charitable donation. So far, that's amounted to $1.9 million in giving, with the latest donation going the iBellieve Foundation, which raises money to search for a cure for a rare condition known as Mucopolysacharridosis, or Hunter syndrome.

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$540M for Cancer Research: Where it Came From and Where it’s Going

The latest $540 million gift from one billionaire’s estate has brought the trust’s total philanthropy for cancer research to $2.5 billion. One of the largest single contributions to fighting the disease, funds will yield flexible, ongoing support for six of the nation’s top research universities—each with its own focus for preventing and treating cancer—at a time when many are struggling to maintain their funding.

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Minivan Mogul is Recruiting for a Very Personal War on Diabetes

Lee Iacocca’s legacy will mostly likely ride on the Dodge Caravan, the Mustang, the K-Car, or maybe even the Ford Pinto. But in his later years, Iacocca has dedicated himself to a far more personal and weighty cause—a cure for type 1 diabetes. His foundation just put out its latest call for new research proposals.

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2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Recipients Announced

They sure turned heads when they announced the Breakthrough Prize back in February. Now, ten short months later, these six key players and their advisory panel (which includes their first eleven recipients of the prize), are ready to announce their 2014 winners. Let’s take a peek, shall we?
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Why Milken Supports a Philanthropic TRAIN to Faster Cures

Under the umbrella of Michael Milken's philanthropic empire, Faster Cures is using a variety of strategies to make medical research happen faster. One such example of these efforts is found in The Research Acceleration & Innovation Network (TRAIN). TRAIN provides a platform for collaboration and networking in order to facilitate medical research.

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Can Michael Milken Speed Up Medical Research?

During his years in finance, Michael Milken was famously a young man in a hurry. Milken's rushing paid off: he was making $5 million year by the age of 30.

Milken is in no less a hurry as a philanthropist. Among other things, he hopes he can make medicine itself move more quickly.

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Why Irene Pollin's $10 Million Pledge Is Her Personal War on Heart Disease

Irene Pollin founded Sister to Sister in 1999 to address the disaparities between how men and women receive preventative care and treatment for heart disease. The foundation recognizes that heart disease kills more women than stroke, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and breast cancer combined.

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How Eli and Edythe Broad Plan to Cure the Incurable

In 2010, Eli and Edythe Broad were among the world's wealthiest people to sign the Giving Pledge. In their letter, the Broads vowed to give away 75% of their wealth in their lifetimes. And the Broad are making good on their promise. Of the many areas to which the couple has donated through their foundation, medical and scientific research is huge focus.

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