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Cancer center receives $5 million for 'crusade'

The late Fenton Maynard made gift for breast cancer research

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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 11:00 pm

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The late Fenton L. Maynard of Phoenix committed a $5 million gift from his estate to the Arizona Cancer Center, the largest gift for research activities made to the center in its 33-year history.

The gift, the Margaret E. and Fenton L. Maynard Excellence in Breast Cancer Research Endowment, will be used to support basic and clinical research by Arizona Cancer Center scientists and physicians to "achieve improved diagnosis, treatment or prevention of breast cancer," a release said.

"Fenton Maynard was devastated by the death of his beloved wife from breast cancer, so much so that he asked that the majority of his estate be utilized for a research 'crusade' to prevent and cure breast cancer," said David S. Alberts, MD, director of the Arizona Cancer Center. "The estate will be dedicated to endowed chairs, as well as research endowments to make Fenton's dreams come true."

Fenton Maynard, 87, died in Phoenix July 19. His wife, Margaret, died of breast cancer in October 2006. His first wife of 49 years, Betty, also preceded him in death.

In a note to Dr. Alberts after Margaret's death, which accompanied an earlier gift to the Cancer Center, Maynard wrote, "Thank you for the work you are doing to defeat cancer." The University of Arizona Foundation will manage and invest the endowment funds for the Arizona Cancer Center.

Maynard retired from Skaggs Drugs and American Stores as senior executive vice president in 1982. Born in Idaho, raised in Billings, Mont., and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he had lived in Phoenix since 1984.

The Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona. With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and in Scottsdale, the center has more than a dozen research and education offices throughout the state and 300 physician and scientist members working to prevent and cure cancer.

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