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Sidney Kimmel, leading cancer philanthropist, is honored with two distinguished awards.
He has been awarded the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Distinguished Public Service Award for his lifelong commitment to supporting advances in cancer research, fostering the careers of young researchers and advocating for cancer research on behalf of cancer patients.
The award honors individuals or groups whose groundbreaking, innovative work exemplifies the AACR’s mission to accelerate the prevention and cure of all cancers through research, education, communication and collaboration.
Kimmel also has been elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a distinction widely viewed as a mark of excellence in research and education. The Academy is one of the nation’s oldest societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academia, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing global society. Johns Hopkins supporter and three-term mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was elected to the Academy in 2007.
Kimmel is one of 228 newly elected members of the Academy and one of eight corporate and philanthropic leaders to join the roster. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Masschusetts.
Kimmel in 1993 established a foundation that has donated some $850 million to charitable causes, $550 million of which has been directed toward cancer research. In 2001, Kimmel gave $157 million to Johns Hopkins — then the largest single gift ever received by the university — to support cancer research and patient care. The oncology center was re-named the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a portion of the gift was used to develop a residence for patients undergoing prolonged cancer treatments and their families.
In 2016, he and Johns Hopkins alumnus Michael Bloomberg, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and three-term mayor of New York City, partnered to donate $50 million each toward the establishment of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Immunotherapy at Johns Hopkins. The monies will be used to support research, recruit additional investigators, provide additional infrastructure for engineering cellular products related to immunotherapy research, enhance partnerships with the private sector, and invest in critical technology development.
Kimmel has given an additional $2.4 million to support 12 young cancer scientists at Johns Hopkins as part of his national Kimmel Scholars Program. He also has financially supported cancer research centers in Philadelphia, San Diego and New York. In 2010, he signed the Giving Pledge, an initiative driven by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates encouraging America’s billionaires to contribute substantial wealth to charity.