New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson today will announce a $5 million gift to expand cancer care in south Louisiana. The donation will be used for the expansion of the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at the Ochsner Cancer Institute and kicks off a fundraising effort to provide more patients with cutting-edge cancer care and research options.
“Mr. Benson’s generous donation will help position the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center as the region’s only comprehensive cancer center with both strong clinical care and medical research,” said Dr. Patrick Quinlan, CEO, Ochsner Health System. More than 2,200 new cancer patients are seen by the Ochsner cancer team each year.
“The expansion of the cancer center, right here in our city, is another important element in the revival of our region,” said Tom Benson. “Ochsner’s role in this revival and their role as a preeminent leader in cancer care cannot be understated. My wife Gayle and I are proud to have our names associated with such a wonderful institution.”