Dec 18 2001

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDS FOR UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA'S GULF COAST CANCER CENTER AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today the Conference Committee's approval of $2 million for the University of South Alabama’s Gulf Coast Cancer Center and Research Institute included in the Labor , Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2002.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the Conference approved funding for this important project."

Senator Shelby said, "I am very proud to have played a 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 that 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."

"The Cancer Institute is one of the most important initiatives in the history of the University of South Alabama, and perhaps in the health care of the Gulf Coast region. It will ultimately result in 700 new jobs for Mobile and create an economic impact of almost $1 billion for our area in its first 10 years of operation," said USA President Gordon Moulton.

"Through the USA Cancer Institute, we hope to serve the people of the Mobile region with the most advanced research and treatment possible, which will ultimately lead to people living longer, healthier lives," said Moulton. "Our goals are to find new and more effective ways of preventing and treating cancer and to treat greater varieties of cancer here in Mobile, so people can receive treatment close to home," added Moulton.