Dec 08 2004


President Signs Consolidated Appropriations Bill Into Law

U. S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government, announced today that President Bush signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Included in this legislation, at the request of Senator Shelby, is $20 million for the Cancer Research Institute at the University of South Alabama.

Senator Shelby said, "I am very proud to have played an instrumental role in the creation of a regional academic cancer research institute at the University of South Alabama. As a cancer survivor, I know firsthand the importance of this regional center. Here they will study the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer, as well as provide the upper Gulf Coast with greater local access to state-of-the-art cancer treatment."

These funds will help the Cancer Research Institute continue the growth of this comprehensive cancer research, patient care and education center serving south central Alabama, south central Mississippi, and northwest Florida. The area served by the Cancer Research Institute, consisting of 42 counties and over 2.5 million persons, currently has no comprehensive academic-level cancer center or research institute. As the only academically-based healthcare institution within its 42-county service area, these funds will help USA in its effort to bring state-of-the-art cancer research and patient care services to the region in order to develop the comprehensive cancer program.